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Board hears district enrollment up, construction projects proceeding

Convening seven school days after the start of 2018-2019 school year, the Perham-Dent school board heard Superintendent Mitch Anderson report that 1,529 students were enrolled in K-12 classes on Sept. 4.

That number was up from 1,433 on the first day of classes in the 2017-2018 school year. It was also 161 students above the 2018-2019 projection.

“We were up over 1,500 which we haven’t been in a long time,” Anderson said.

As recently as the 2014-2015 school year the district started with an enrollment of 1,345.

Anderson told the board the district has already reached a student enrollment which they had not been projected to reach until the 2024-2025 school year.

Anderson pointed out to the board that the $30 million senior high, which just opened this year, can handle another 150 students before its designed capacity would be reached.

Anderson informed the board that construction work on campus facilities was still underway but was ”not slowing down how we educate kids.” Anderson said he had a punch list of 180 projects that still need inspection and approval, ranging from painting to installing countertops.

The board approved a consent agenda which included:

  • Accepting the resignations of Susan Keranen (Elementary Special Ed) and Kasey Wacker (Senior High A & I Coordinator)
  • An extended leave of absence for Liza Klettke (Elementary Paraprofessional)
  • Employment agreements with Stephanie Burkman (St. Henry’s Kitchen Assistant), Penelope Riedel (Elementary Kitchen Assistant), Cassie Meyer (Elementary Paraprofessional), Stacey Voigt (Elementary Paraprofessional) and Stephen Sweere (Middle School Paraprofessional)
  • A 2018-2019 Collaborative Agreement between Head Start and the Senior High.
  • Lane changes requests were approved for Jennifer Bain, Tricia Barthel, Karla Bell, Katie Byer, Sally Christenson, Hannah Frink, Kim Jacobson, Kelsey Karlen, James Kennedy, John Kostynick, Michael Kunza, Nicole Mattfeld, Lindsay Renfrew, Jena Rosemore, Lisa Smith, Nancy Stromstad, Thomas Super, Kasey Wacker and Faith Wokasch. The requests by Bathel, Kunza, Wacker and Wokasch were approved pending receipt of an official transcript.

The next meeting of the school board is set for Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Senior High Media Center.

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