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LP School Board wrestles with spring season
May 22, 2020

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Board, during its meeting May 18, rescinded spring work agreements, not including head coaches. This applied to junior varsity and junior high coaches. The spring season was cancelled by the Minnesota State High School League.

From that point, the board found it more difficult to make a decision as it grappled with the question of what to pay coaches since the season was cancelled.

Board members voiced a variety of concerns. On one hand, they noted they wanted to do something for these coaches. On the other hand, they acknowledged that many people have experienced the loss of income, reduced hours, or furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a lengthy discussion, the board approved partial payment of 25 percent of what these coaches would have received for the complete season.

The board will address compensation for head coaches, as well as music advisors, during its June meeting.

Building project update

The board heard an update on the school building project from Joe Uhlhorn of H+U.

Mobilization is expected to begin Tuesday, May 26. This will include fencing, signage, and stormwater controls.

A gas line in the project area will be moved, and two houses that have been acquired by the school in the project area will be demolished.

A groundbreaking ceremony, observing proper social distancing, is being planned for Tuesday, June 2 at 10 a.m.

The company has been looking into moving the existing storage shed on the property. The estimated cost is $20,000.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved hiring Matthew Thode as k-12 health and physical education teacher.

• approved Cheryl Bayerl as Kids Depot coordinator.

• approved Taylor Bayerl, McKenna Kutz, Peighton Ruzicka, Zack Jackson, Noelle Blashack, Layne Teubert, and Jack Niesen as Kids Depot student workers.

• approved a rental agreement with St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church for the 2020-21 school year at a cost of $1,725 per month for nine months.

• adopted a resolution for membership in the Minnesota State High School League for tje 2020-21 school year.

• approved a school family mental health service agreement contract with Greater Minnesota Family Services.

• heard from Principal Mike Lee that teachers have shown professionalism and done a great job with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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