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LP School Board cancels senior trip to New York
March 20, 2020

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Although the senior class trip to New York City had previously been approved and students have raised funds to pay for it, the Lester Prairie School Board voted during its meeting Narcg 16 not to authorize the trip in view of the COVID-19 situation.

“As a parent of a senior, it stinks,” Board Chair Corbey Hentges commented, adding that she wished they could go.

However, the board members all agreed that the trip should not happen under the current circumstances.

Building update

Andy Hoffman of H+U Construction presented a bid update regarding the school building project.

Hoffman asked the board for input regarding which alternates the board wanted to add to the project, as this will have a bearing on the low bidder in some cases.

The board was in favor of upgrading to a terrazzo floor (consistent with what is in the rest of the building), and an operable partition that will allow flexibility in how one of the classrooms is used.

A detailed analysis of the bids and low bidders will be presented at the April school board meeting.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• heard that community education was considering adding a robotics camp in the summer.

• approved superintendent authorization of building project expenditures/change orders of $25,000 or less (the board approves all expenditures, but this authorization allows the project to keep moving forward without having to wait for a board meeting for expenditures up to $25,000).

• approved hiring Whitney Dhoore as a paraprofessional.

• approved the resignation of Amy Hoese-Schultz as a paraprofessional.

• approved hiring Matt Wroge as junior varsity baseball coach.

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