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LP-A calls special meeting Aug. 28

After a closed door meeting late Thursday afternoon, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board will hold a public meeting this Wednesday, Aug. 28, to discuss possible action following accusations of misconduct by a staff member.

School officials have declined at this time to reveal further details about the alleged misconduct, or the staff member’s identity, citing the district’s data privacy policy as the reason.

This Wednesday’s special meeting will take place at 8 p.m. inside the media center at LP-A High School in Lake Park.

After Thursday’s closed session, the board held a brief public meeting to discuss another agenda item: The possible relocation of volleyball practices and games for both varsity and junior high players.

Board members approved a motion that will move varsity volleyball (grades 9-12) practices and games from the elementary site in Audubon to the high school in Lake Park.

At the same time, practices and games for junior high volleyball (grades 7-8) will be moved from the high school to the elementary gymnasium.

“The reason why this (proposal) came up was because of a safety issue,” said Board Chair Vicky Grondahl, who noted that the district’s athletic trainer had expressed, by letter, his concerns that athletic training services for the students would be stretched too thin if they continued to hold varsity games simultaneously at both the Audubon and Lake Park sites.

There was also a secondary safety issue raised by the fact that junior and senior players would be driving to and from practices at the elementary site themselves, thus putting more traffic on Highway 10 at the end of the school day, when it was already busy with students leaving school.

The 7th and 8th grade students, on the other hand, would be using a single district shuttle bus instead.

The proposal has met with approval by both volleyball coaching staff and players, Hogie said; using the theater as a second gymnasium for the players was also given tentative approval by the district’s music and drama instructors, provided a compromise can be reached for use of the space.

At the request of board member Jeff Swetland, however, both moves were given a trial period, with the decision to be reviewed on or before Jan. 1 to determine whether the relocation was a good move.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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