In its regular meeting Monday, March 15, the Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution relating to property tax abatement for a parking lot improving project at Eagle View Elementary School.

The board hosted a public hearing on the matter before the regular meeting, but no public input was given. The project will expand the early childhood parking area on the east side of Eagle View Elementary School. It will also make the lot one-way for safety reasons.

In its February meeting, the board discussed selling bonds to accrue the necessary funds, and then pay them back over time via the levy. Business manager Heidi Hagen indicated that the project’s impact on the general fund should be “minimal.”

Superintendent Chris Lindholm said he expects the project to begin construction after the school year ends and cost roughly $150,000.

The board also approved a resolution regarding financing the project, establishing compliance with reimbursement bond regulations.

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In other action Monday, the board:

  • Conducted a second reading of a proposed policy change regarding school board officers, specifically the positions of clerk and treasurer. The board will conduct one more reading before taking action on the measure.

  • Accepted three grants to the district totaling $2,900.

As part of its consent agenda, the board approved the retirements of middle-level secretary Debra Gronholz and sixth-grade English/language arts teacher Jana Lueck, along with the resignations of trap coach Scott Goddard, middle-level track coach Kathy Lee, bus driver Dean Olson and payroll/human resources clerk Valerie Swenson.

The board also approved the hiring of middle-level track coach Sean Bengtson, American Indian tutor Emma Benson, bus driver Michael Dale, assistant track coach Desera Engholm, assistant trap coach Jason Johnson, head trap coach Scott Larson, assistant trap coach Tom Smith and night custodian Barry Stangel.

The board’s April work session was moved to Monday, April 12.

Dan Determan 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.