The Pequot Lakes School Board, in its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 19, voted unanimously to repeal a policy regarding the district’s relations with churches for school activities.

The policy stated that Wednesday evenings would be set aside as a church night and, if possible, no local school activities would be scheduled. The superintendent could approve scheduled Wednesday activities, but prior commitments by students were to be honored without consequence.

The board discussed the topic at length in its Aug. 5 work session, and Superintendent Chris Lindholm said at the time that no other school district in the state has such a policy. Repealing it allows coaches - particularly those of winter and spring sports - to schedule practices for Wednesdays when the weather does not cooperate, and creates more consistency throughout the athletics department as co-opted sports like wrestling and hockey see the district working with other school districts who do not have a similar policy.

Whenever possible, games will still not be scheduled for Wednesdays.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Agreed to allow non-teacher district employees to move onto the Public Employees Insurance Program, joining the teaching staff. Lindholm said the reason for the change is an increase in premiums of 37.1% from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“That is just not OK,” he said.

  • Authorized District Administrative Assistant Brenda Williams as the district’s backup identified official with authority. Lindholm serves as the district’s identified official.

  • Conducted a second reading of the district’s policy regarding student discipline. The board will conduct one more reading before taking action on the item.

  • Accepted four donations to the district - two for the district’s youth sports programs and two for the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts - totaling $1,115.