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LP-A school cafeteria, media center enhanced

It’s been a busy summer at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School, where summer construction has taken over the cafeteria and media center located in the heart of the building.

“The cafeteria has been expanded and skylights have been installed to give our students a more pleasant atmosphere at lunch,” said LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland.

“The library is receiving a complete remodel.  New lighting, furniture, carpeting, and ceilings are being installed. We have also added a special ‘reading nook’ for our librarian to read books to children,” he added.

“Our north computer lab has been divided into a third grade classroom and a special education classroom.”

Skaaland updated the LP-A School Board about the remodeling project at Monday’s regular board meeting in Lake Park.

Ceilings, lighting, electrical work, and wall construction have been completed, and the flooring is being installed this week.

Furniture and technology installation are yet to be completed, but, Skaaland said at the meeting, “I think we’ll be ready to start on time. It’s looking pretty hopeful. I’m pleased.”

Skaaland noted after the meeting that a “back to school” open house is planned for all students and parents from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, where the public will have the chance to view all the changes for the first time.

Skaaland also informed the board that Minnesota author Mary Losure would be paying a visit to LP-A Elementary on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 4.

“Students that have read her books will meet her that afternoon, and ask her questions about her books or writing in general,” Skaaland said.

“We’re kind of excited about that,” he told the board.

In other business Monday, the board approved a $2,400 agreement with Data Business Systems that will allow parents to begin paying school fees with debit or credit cards, or a bank transfer, starting this fall.

“It’s a convenience for parents,” said Superintendent Dale Hogie, noting that the fee charged amounts to 1.5 cents per dollar.

The board also approved an extended-day contract with Athletic Director Jed Swegarden that amounts to an additional 30 minutes per day.

The change was made at the request of the LP-A Education Association, due to an increase in the number of sports and teams, additional Minnesota State High School League rules and regulations, and additional reporting and training needed for coaches.

The following teaching contracts were also approved: LeeAnn Palmer, elementary Title 1 and third grade math alternative delivery (0.18 FTE); Sonja Johnson, elementary special education paraprofessional; Randi Trowbridge, high school special education paraprofessional; Cassandra Edwards, high school special education paraprofessional; Kristi Kruger and Jean Juhl, assistant cooks; Traci Kimball, freshman class advisor; and Carol Nustad, an independent consulting contract for testing evaluation and mentoring at the elementary building, at a cost of $40 per hour.

The board also accepted the resignation of school social worker Jennifer Heggestuen, for whom a replacement is being sought.

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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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