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Construction project more than half complete, on budget

The Pequot Lakes School construction project is 60-65 percent complete, the school board learned Monday night, Jan. 14.

And the board learned that to date, the district has used just .37 percent of construction contingency funds, or $82,958.

The board had put aside 3 percent of construction funds to be used as contingency funds.

The board received an update on the gymnasium addition at the high school at Monday’s regular board meeting.

Roofing was scheduled to be completed last week. Concrete floors are poured throughout the locker room areas, corridors, concessions, training room, etc., leaving only the gymnasium areas to be completed.

Load-bearing masonry walls that support the upper track along the south wall of the gym started and should be completed soon. Then installation of precast plank for the upper track can resume.

Non-load-bearing masonry walls throughout the locker rooms started and will be ongoing for the next few weeks.

Plumbing, piping, duct work and electrical rough-in are ongoing.

The project is on budget and on schedule.

Monday, the board approved a change order for $197,005 for the middle school/high school additions and renovations project, and the board approved $1,284,868.37 in a routine construction bond disbursement.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Agreed to meet at a future date to set new goals.

• Accepted the following donations: anonymous $1,000 for boys’ basketball program; $1,346 from Wells Fargo Foundation (matching gift program-Cook) for middle level programs; $2,500 from Patricia Rasmussen for coats, boots and emergency personal items for students; $500 from American Legion Club for band/music program; $1,200 grant from the Five Wings Arts Council for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) winter show expenses; and $300 from Gary Hirsch for GLAPA.

• Approved the contract for Teri Peterson, speech pathologist, due to student need; and the contract for Carl Borleis, Adult Basic Education teacher, for up to four hour per week with additional hours based on need and funding.

• Hired Courtney Barnett, paraprofessional; Lori Westlund, high school clerical aide, at five hours per day; and Rozina Nordby, paraprofessional at three hours per day, four days per week.

• Hired Kelli Levenske as Eagle View Yearbook Club adviser for up to eight months.

Upcoming committee


Curriculum: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and Monday, Feb. 25.

Buildings and Grounds: 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4.

Personnel: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Finance: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Policy: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

School Board: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, instead of Feb. 18 (President’s Day).