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Pequot Lakes School Board agrees to join direct admissions program

Pequot Lakes will be one of 40 high schools in the state participating in this pilot program

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PEQUOT LAKES — In its Monday, Oct. 17, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved a joint powers agreement with the state of Minnesota regarding the Direct Admissions Minnesota pilot program.

“The Office of Higher Education has gotten funding from the Legislature so they're doing quite a bit of study in this program,” high school Principal Aaron Nelson said. “It is trying to, essentially, provide an easier way for students to gain access to post-secondary options.”

The program would allow students to know what schools they would pre-qualify for based on qualifications met.

“If you do intend to enroll, then we can look at your transcript,” Nelson said. “If you've taken X classes, if your GPA is such, if you have an ACT score – or you don't have an ACT score but you have these other qualifying criteria – then we can pre-qualify you at these groups of schools.”

Pequot Lakes will be one of 40 high schools in the state participating in this pilot program, which has 59 post-secondary schools in four different categories participating, including both two- and four-year schools and programs.

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“It's going to reduce the cost of applying for schools, and it is going to reduce some of the headache and hassle, because students can be pre-qualified or automatically qualified for certain schools or programs,” Nelson said. “I feel that, for our students, this is a big win.”

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In other action Monday, the board:

  • Adopted a resolution supporting an application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a Form A grant to offset student activity fees.
  • Accepted four donations to the district totaling $8,286.46.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the resignations of Eagle View Elementary School paraprofessional and middle-level speech coach Elizabeth Rock, assistant girls hockey coach Jay Hopia, custodian Yan Wittwer and cook helper Danyn Maroney.
The board approved the hiring of assistant girls hockey coach Kristen Harsha, van driver Colleen Logelin, at-will social worker Heather Isle, social worker Chelsea Haglin, bus driver Gregory Larson, assistant dance coach Alexis Lueck and Knowledge Bowl coach Jeff Brever.

The board will conduct a special meeting at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to approve the district’s contract with Local 284. It will also have a special meeting Monday, Nov. 14.

Dan Determan, sports writer/staff writer, may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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