Pequot Lakes School Board approves 2022-23 calendar

The board also added another mental health service option

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In its Monday, Feb. 14, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved the school district’s calendar for the 2022-23 school year.

In the approved calendar, classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, for grades 1-12. Kindergartners will begin two days later. Winter break is Dec. 23, 2022-Jan. 3, 2023, and the last day of classes is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

Staff members were given the opportunity to vote on their preferred calendar structure. Superintendent Kurt Stumpf said roughly 160 staff members responded.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Nystrom & Associates Ltd. to provide mental health services.

“We have an awesome student support team of counselors, social workers, family collaborative workers, as well as therapists from Northern Pines,” Stumpf said. “All support the students and are extremely dedicated to that cause, but what we are finding, though, is when students are referred or families request for their child mental health services … they are being put on a wait list, and that wait list could be four months or toward the end of the year. We are talking about families that really need some services, so we reached out to Nystrom & Associates."


  • Accepted three donations to the student activity fund account, totaling $3,100.

As part of its consent agenda, the board approved the retirement of high school secretary Barb Wallace, as well as the resignations of assistant football coach Pete Ryan, assistant girls track coach Desera Laabs and community education secretary Heather Sangren.
Board members approved the hiring of fifth-grade math teacher Alison Falenschek.

Dan Determan, sports writer/staff writer, may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

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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