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LP-A approves renovations

With the last day of school imminent, preparations are underway for giving the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School a facelift this summer.

At their regular meeting Monday, the LP-A Board of Education approved a $35,817 contract with Hockenberg’s for renovations to the elementary kitchen and dry storage areas.

Superintendent Dale Hogie also reported that requests for proposals were currently being received for renovations to the elementary lunchroom and media center, which he anticipated would cost around $200,000-$300,000.

The board approved the renovations at its March meeting; the changes will provide expansion of lunchroom seating space to accommodate a larger number of students and make better use of floor space in the media center.

Also on Monday, the board approved contracts for elementary instructors Alex Becher and Katlyn Ness, and accepted resignations from elementary paraprofessional Lillian Lofgren and special education teacher Sarah Poepping, as well as second grade teacher Stephanie Schoenfelder.

Schoenfelder had initially requested an extended leave of absence from her position, and the board held a special meeting on May 12 to consider it, but denied the request.

The probationary contracts of Krystle Sauer (alternative delivery), Corene Freeman (elementary technology-media integration) and Julie Burkey (special education) were renewed.

Becky Johns, Jessica Endres, Chris Meyer and Chelsea Schultz were hired as Summer Day Camp instructors, with Johns and Schultz to be employed for 20 hours a week at $10.83 and $10.61 an hour, respectively, while Meyer and Endres will be working 30 hours per week at $11.42 per hour. Hogie noted that their salaries were based upon prior experience.

The interviewing and hiring process is currently underway for the high school social studies and language arts (English) openings that were created last month by the departures of Anthony Grieve and Anthony Bryant, respectively.

A total of 10 applications have been received for the language arts position, and 40 for the social studies position, according to LP-A High School Principal Kevin Ricke.

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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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