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The Pequot Lakes School Board on Monday, Sept. 15, elected to approve the maximum per-student preliminary levy of $300 for 2015, excluding a $424 local option. The decision to leave the local option out of the proposal passed 4-3. The district has been working on a budget of $1.04 per student, one of the lowest in the state. "The question that haunts me is ... How do we systematically address the needs of students who are not meeting proficiency?" Superintendent Chris Lindholm said. "My honest answer is, we can do better.
The Jenkins City Council in September approved several amendments to the ordinance regulating council and board members' salaries, giving them a slight raise per meeting. According to the ordinance, the mayor shall now receive a per regular meeting salary of $130, up from the previous $100. The mayor also receives a $15 raise for special meetings, up from $50 to $65. Council member salary shall go up from $80 to $100.
Three weeks ago, Crosslake Community School opened its doors not only to elementary and middle school students, but to high school students as well. However, there is a caveat to this high school: Its entire curriculum is online. Director Todd Lyscio is in his second year with the school, but the school board was looking for ways to expand a few years before his hiring. "(They) were looking for a way to grow the school beyond the kindergarten through eighth grade model that had been in place," Lyscio said. "They had a desire for their kids to stay in a small setting.
Pequot Lakes High School is ramping up toward homecoming next week, but things will be a bit different this time around. "We wanted to change things up and get more community involvement," said Henry Liedl, Student Council vice president. "I went to Brainerd's homecoming and saw they had a big parade and carnival before the game. I wanted to do something like that." For starters, homecoming's classic cap-off, the football game, will take place on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20, as opposed to Friday evening.
The Crosslake City Council spent almost half of its Monday, Sept. 8, meeting discussing the city's options in handling Crosslake Communications following a study from Charlesmead Advisors, LLC. Council members ultimately decided - by a 4-1 vote with Steve Roe opposed - to hire a consultant on a short-term basis to finds ways for the company to limit spending. "From what I have heard from (the study), we have two choices," council member Mark Wessels said. "We can expand - which is extremely difficult for a municipality to do - and the other option is to cut costs or raise rates.
The Manhattan Beach City Council on Aug. 5 approved an application to seek financial assistance from the state for blacktop in the city hall parking lot. During their July meeting, council member Clyde Brodt informed the council that the cost to complete the lot in August was roughly $8,600, and the price would go up $1,000-$1,500 if completed after August because of further travel to get the hot mix, according to Anderson Brothers Construction Co. At that same meeting, Mayor Paul Allen suggested the construction of a rain garden to prevent drainage from going onto the road.
The Crosslake Community School Board on July 16 agreed to hire Stacy Bender as dean of students for the school's online courses for the new school year, which began Wednesday, Aug.
Many people who work in education would probably consider their career choice a calling. For Eagle View Elementary School’s new principal, Melissa Hesch, it was practically a birthright. The Springfield native grew up in a house of educators and spent much of her childhood at school-related functions. Now she has brought her family – her husband, Kelly; their son, Grady; and their dog, Eddie – to Pequot Lakes to become wrapped up in another school.
Ideal Township's Ideal Market has been around for decades, but has changed hands and atmosphere a number of times along the way. Now, the store becomes the Ideal Green Market and, with the help of distributor Azure Standard, strives to become a health food co-op. Thursday, Aug.
The Manhattan Beach City Council agreed at its July meeting to allow lawful gambling at Manhattan Beach Lodge. The approval came at the request of the Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association, who requested that the organization be allowed to hold lawful gambling on site. In other business, council member Clyde Brodt said he had inspected the city's roads, indicating that Goldenstein Road was in need of trimming and grading.