Crosslake Community School will soon be looking for volunteers to help assemble its new playground equipment.

Executive Director Todd Lyscio showed school board members Monday, June 10, the architectural drawings from Flagship Recreation for the new playground, which will be split into two separate play areas. The equipment is designed for children ages 5-12.

While a few representatives from Flagship will be on hand to lead the construction, the goal is to save costs by having community volunteers install the equipment.

Build days are planned Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 6-8, although there will also be a need for other volunteers with construction equipment experience to prepare the site in late July. Lyscio said ideally they would have 30-40 volunteers on hand during those three days to assemble playground equipment.

The cost for the school playground is estimated at $100,000. Crosslake Community School and donors have raised about $38,000 so far for the project and the hope is that additional community fundraisers, like Evening for Education, planned from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant, will further offset those costs.

Tickets are $50 per person and include a prime rib dinner. A silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with a live auction following dinner. All proceeds will go toward the new playground and the new math curriculum.

Lyscio said the plan is to use treated wood chips as ground cover in the play areas. While the treated wood chips are considered compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the play areas won't be wheelchair accessible. The playground would be handicapped accessible if it featured a poured-in-place rubber surface, much like the Miracle Field in Bane Park in Brainerd.

It would cost an additional $42,000, but Lyscio said it would be a remarkable addition if there was financial backing for it.

"Wouldn't it be great if in the heart of Crosslake there was a handicapped accessible playground for $42,000 more?" Lyscio asked board members. "Bane Park has a baseball Miracle Field. Wouldn't it be cool if Crosslake had something like that, too, that kids with wheelchairs could also access?"

Lyscio said the new playground will include the old swing set from the previous school playground, along with a small fenced-in gaga ball court.

The school year began with 248 students enrolled both in school and online and ended in May with 276 students enrolled, Lyscio reported. He explained that the online program has fueled that growth.

Since graduation, the school has received a high number of inquiries into enrollment into the online program for next year. There were many touching success stories that came out of this year's online high school graduating class, including a student whose mother's dying wish was to see her son receive his high school diploma, which he did from Crosslake School, said Lyscio.

The school board approved a revised 2019-20 school calendar.