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Ticket, lunch prices rising at Pequot Lakes Schools

Pequot Lakes students will again be charged for lunch, which has been free since the pandemic began

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PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes students and families can expect to pay a bit more for things in the coming year, as the Pequot Lakes School Board voted to raise prices for events and reinstate paid lunches.

For adults, event ticket prices are now $7 if paying with a card, moving up from $5. If paying with cash, the price remains $8.

The non-resident student price moves from $3 to $5 when paying with a card, now bringing it to parity with the cash price.

Pequot Lakes students can still attend for free.

Prices have not changed for those purchasing season passes. Passes for adults will still cost $50, while non-resident senior citizens (Age 65 and older) will pay $10. Pequot Lakes students and senior citizens living within the district can still get free passes.

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However, one additional category was added for season passes, as veterans can now get one for free as well.

Participation fees remain the same for middle and high school athletics, but fine arts fees have increased from $30 to $40 for grades 7-12. Students who qualify for reduced meals will pay half price for all participation fees.

Additionally, lunches are no longer free for students. Students at Eagle View Elementary School will pay $2.25 for lunch, while middle- and high-schoolers should expect to pay $2.50 per meal. Student lunches became free in March 2020 – the start of the pandemic – and have remained free since that time.

An extra lunch item increases from $1 to $1.25, and an extra milk goes up from 25 cents to 35 cents.

Breakfast remains free for students.

For staff members, breakfasts and lunches remain the same at $2.40 and $3.85, respectively, but an additional breakfast item will cost $1, increasing from 75 cents.

Also, the $20 non-refundable deposit for Chromebooks – which was waived for all students over the past two years – has been reinstated. The fee is still waived for free/reduced lunch students.

“(Food service director) Patti Buell has, for years, bemoaned the fact that people who are eligible are not applying for free or reduced lunches,” board member Dena Moody said. “I would urge our public, if you qualify, to please apply. It is a benefit for you, and it is being underused.”

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In other action during their Monday, July 25, meeting, the board:

  • Approved its ten-year facilities maintenance plan.
  • Approved an agreement with the Pequot Lakes Police Department for a police-school liaison officer, effective from Sept. 6 through May 31, 2023. Board member Kim Bolz-Andolshek noted the district cost of $5,956 per month is a “Significant increase” from previous years, but Superintendent Kurt Stumpf said he believes the district may still be below what the per-day cost should be for the officer’s services.
  • Agreed to reimburse the city of Pequot Lakes for an amount not to exceed $4,500 for the expenses related to ceding Olson Street to the school district, with hopes of eventually adding more parking spaces.
  • Approved a contract with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for certified athletic training services during the coming school year.
  • Terminated the Purchase of Service Agreement with Sourcewell for the Family Services Program, effective Jan. 1.
  • Reclassified the Director of Teaching and Learning position to the Pequot Lakes Principals Association Master Agreement. Previously, the role had been deemed “unaffiliated,” and only required a teaching license.
  • Approved a revision to the 2022-23 school calendar, moving the new teacher orientation days from Aug. 23 and 24 to Aug. 22 and 25. This change was due to our new special education teachers having training on the original dates.
  • Approved 20 donations to the district totaling $19,970.97, along with one $50 donation to the student activity fund account.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board approved the resignations of elementary and early childhood speech/language pathologist Kayla Satterlund, teaching and learning coordinator Ben Johnston, ECFE paraprofessional Myla Carlson and high school secretary Roberta Berry. It also approved the hiring of fourth-grade teacher Melissa Hannah and elementary and early childhood speech/language pathologist Amanda Sigler.

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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