The Detroit Lakes School Board heard an update on the renovations set to start next year at Detroit Lakes High School during its September work session Monday evening.

"We're wrapping up the drawings on the high school ... they're 95% complete," said lead architect Brian Berg. He expected to have the plans completed and ready to send to the state for review in the next two to three weeks.

"I don't anticipate a lot of code issues," he said, noting that preliminary discussions with Minnesota Department of Education officials about the project have been favorable.

"We're scheduled to bid this out before Thanksgiving — that's our goal," Berg said. Construction is currently slated to begin early next summer.

Also at Monday's planning session, the board reviewed some early projections for the preliminary 2020 school district property tax levy, which is slated to be approved at next Monday's regular board meeting. The preliminary figures, which currently show a projected $306,000 (6.83%) increase in the general education fund levy, and a net levy increase of just over 1%, won't be finalized until after December's truth in taxation hearing, which will also include an overview of the anticipated school district budget for next year.