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Summer construction well underway at LP-A

Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School teacher Mary Softing, left, gave school board members a tour of the school garden and landscaping projects at the school during their regular meeting Monday night. Board members also took time after the meeting to look at the remodeling project in the school media center/lunch room area. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

Work has begun on the construction of a new baseball field at Lake Park-Audubon High School.

The LP-A School Board approved two contract proposals for construction of the baseball field at its board meeting Monday night in Audubon, and board member Bryan Anderson reported that excavation of the site was set to begin Tuesday.

The board approved a $23,600 contract with Westlund Excavating for excavation, leveling, grading, hauling dirt, fill sand and agri-lime, as well as a $13,500 contract with Westlund Fence for labor and materials to complete the ballfield fence.

Taking advantage of the meeting’s location, several board members stayed after it was over to explore the elementary school site, which is in the midst of an extensive remodeling project in the media center-lunch room area that is expected to be completed before school starts in the fall.

“The construction seems to be going well,” LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland reported at the meeting. “I’m surprised how quickly things got going.”

Skaaland also reported that an intensive teacher orientation is set to take place in August, due to the fact that there will be an unusually high influx of new instructors at the elementary building this fall. (The elementary building lost a total of four instructors to retirement this spring, all of whom have now been replaced, and a third teaching position for fourth grade was added as well.)

In addition, he said, all faculty members will need to receive training with the new laptop computers that are scheduled to be deployed at the elementary site for the first time this fall.

Starting in September, every LP-A student in grades 3-12 will be provided with a laptop computer; in the past, only high school students in grades 9-12 had been granted that privilege.

Each kindergarten, first and second grade classroom will also be receiving 10 touchscreen laptops, for use as a “center-based technology station.”

“Technology training will be needed for all of our teachers this year,” Skaaland said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved the resignation of Cheryl Hogie from her FCCLA advisor position, and Board Chair Vicky Grondahl said that she would be drafting a letter to Hogie thanking her for her dedication to the program.

Sixteen FCCLA members from Lake Park-Audubon recently attended the organization’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, and came home with five gold medals and two silver, as reported by Superintendent Dale Hogie at Monday’s meeting (he was one of the chaperones for the trip).

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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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