By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Superintendent Mike McNulty told the board during last Monday’s meeting that the district has acquired the property on the south side of the school on Hickory Street.
The home was heavily damaged by fire last fall, and since that time has raised safety concerns.
McNulty said the property is now in the school’s name, and covered by the school’s insurance.
Board Member Joe Miller explained that the owners donated the property to the school “as is.”
In exchange, the school provided the owners with a letter that will allow them to use the donation as a tax write off.
The school will demolish the home as soon as the deed has been registered with the county and the state, Miller said.
The school has not received bids for the demolition, but Miller said based on some informal discussions with contractors, the estimated cost of demolition will probably be about $11,000.
Summer building improvements
The board approved facility improvements to be completed this summer, including:
• carpeting four rooms ($5,641);
• cement work to repair sidewalks on the north side of the building ($2,740);
• replacement of three interior doors ($5,025);
• removal of gym divider ($1,525) (Bids for replacement will be discussed during a future meeting);
• replacement of the front door ($10,240); and
• handicap-accessible improvements to front door ($4,600).
Elementary Principal Pam Lukens provided a list of enrollment numbers for the 2010-11 school year.
• kindergarten 31;
• kindergarten plus 12;
• first grade 28;
• second grade 35;
• third grade 22;
• fourth grade 31;
• fifth grade 35;
• sixth grade 37.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• accepted the resignation of Cathy Houg after 31 years of service.
• approved coaches for fall sports including Joe Scoblic, Adam Birkholz, Trent Grams, and Derek Zebell (varsity and junior varsity football); Marc Kohler and Tony Kley (junior high football); Emily Lynch and Bill Tschida (varsity and junior varsity volleyball); and Monica Hertzog and Kelly Elling (junior high volleyball).
• authorized McNulty to advertise and sell obsolete equipment Monday, June 28.
• acknowledged students of the month Michael Albrecht (science) and Ashlee Blashack (social studies).
• heard from Lukens that sixth grade student Katie McBee advanced to the final round in the international competition of the Future Problem Solving program in Wisconsin.
“We are very proud of her,” Lukens said.