In its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 8, the Pequot Lakes School Board discussed the sale of tax abatement bonds for the purpose of expanding the early childhood parking area on the east side of Eagle View Elementary School.

“It will be safer,” Superintendent Chris Lindholm said. “There will be more stalls. It will be one-way and then we will add a loop around with a separate exit to avoid two-way traffic in that parking lot.”

Lindholm said he expects the project to cost less than $150,000, and the board can sell abatement bonds to accrue the necessary funds, and then pay them back over time via the levy.

The board agreed to call for a public hearing on the matter, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 15, with its regular meeting to follow.

In other action Monday, the board:

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  • Approved a three-year contract with CTCIT for IT services.

  • Conducted a first reading of a proposed policy change regarding the duties of school board officers. The board will conduct two more readings of the policy before taking action.

  • Accepted four donations to the district totaling $2,885.99, as well as one donation of $100 to the student activity fund account.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the retirement of custodian Donald Bartishofski as well as the resignations of paraprofessional Juanita Wallin, paraprofessional Thomas Bauer, assistant girls track coach Kathy Allen and middle-level baseball coach Rich Spiczka.

The board also approved an extended leave for teacher Jamie Mellin and the hirings of middle-level baseball coach Matthew Casperson and paraprofessionals Mackenzie Nelson, Sarah Savino and Trudy Westrich.

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