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LP School Board to look at accessible parking options
Feb. 23, 2018

By Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE – Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt told the Lester Prairie School Board Feb. 20 that the school needs to provide three handicap-accessible parking spaces.

Schmidt explained he has been in contact with the Office of Civil Rights, which conducted a site inspection.

The district currently has two handicap parking spaces on the east side of the school, but these do not meet the requirements.

The surface of the school parking lot also does not meet requirements.

One possible solution would be to pave just the portion of the parking lot for the required spaces and access to the street.

Schmidt said he is also looking at other options.

He will likely provide an update at the next school board meeting.

Planning for the future

Following the regular meeting, the board conducted a workshop session. It included a presentation from Schmidt and Principal Nat Boyer regarding technology, facility needs, personnel, curriculum, and student learning.

The board also discussed goals and long-range planning.

One issue the district may have to address for the next school year is space.

Based on the number of kindergarten students enrolled, there will be two sections of kindergarten next year.

The district also expects a large number of students in grades four through eight, and it was noted the district may need to consider portable classrooms to accommodate all the classes.

Much of the discussion involved ideas regarding ways the district can make improvements.

Schmidt noted the district already has a lot to offer students, and has a good track record of students enrolling after they have toured the school.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• heard from Board Member Mary Otto that the school carnival will take place Thursday, March 22. Organizers are still looking for volunteers to help with the event.

• approved Jay Rogotzke as head track and field coach.

• approved the resignation of Dan Heiraas as high school math teacher effective Saturday, June 30.

• approved renewal of the district’s membership agreement with Southwest/West Central Cooperative for the 2018-2019 school year.

• adopted resolutions asking state and local governments to fully fund special education.

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