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Pequot Lakes School Board alters open enrollment

The school board rescinded a resolution adopted in August establishing grade level capacity to close open enrollment for the current school year.

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Pequot Lakes School. PineandLakes Echo Journal file photo
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In its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 24, the Pequot Lakes School Board agreed to rescind a resolution adopted in August establishing grade level capacity to close open enrollment for the current school year.

Superintendent Kurt Stumpf said fourth grade just recently reached its cap of 138 students, but is the only class at that level.

“Even if we go over by four (fourth grade students), we would still have six sections with one more student per section,” Stumpf said. “... I think (the resolution) met its purpose early on, but my recommendation is that we do rescind this motion.”

The board also approved a full-time contract for Stumpf, who has served in an interim capacity this school year but was offered the full-time superintendent role. The three-year contract pays a starting salary of $150,000, increasing by roughly $4,000 each year.

“The only thing I’ll add is that I am excited to be here,” Stumpf said.

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In other action Monday, the board:

  • Approved three memorandums of understanding with Education Minnesota-Pequot Lakes - one approving short-term remote instruction if necessary, one establishing a COVID-19 leave bank for teachers and another establishing a sick leave bank.
  • Adopted a resolution directing the district administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions when necessary.
  • Accepted 15 donations to the district totaling $13,655.82, as well as six donations to the student activity fund account totaling $3,550.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board approved the retirement of middle school teacher Wade Hoppe and physical education teacher Thomas Smith, as well as an intermittent leave of absence for high school secretary Barb Wallace.
The board approved the hiring of head cooks Danyn Maroney and Kimberly Wgeishofski and cooks helpers Rebecca Duke and Shannon Niskanen.

Board member Dena Moody attended the meeting virtually.

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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