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Perham-Dent school district plans to sell ALC building

In other Perham-Dent Board of Education business:

- A working five-year facility use plan was unveiled to the board by Area Learning Center/Activities/Buildings and grounds director Fred Sailer.

The plan for year one includes selling the building that houses the ALC and move the ALC to the east wing of the high school where the administration now is. Sailer said a minimum of 1,800 square feet is needed to operate the ALC.

He also proposed to shift the 4-year-olds program to Heart of the Lakes Elementary School. Plans are also to repair Prairie Wind Middle School's geothermal heating system. The engineering firm of Obermiller-Nelson is investigating the problem and will be presenting at least four options in the future for making repairs. Sailer said they believe the pipe is brittle, but won't know for sure until the system can be shut down after school lets out.

Roof repair at the high school is also needed, Sailer said, and carpet replacement at the elementary school.

Proposed projects for year two through five include replacing shingled roofing and resurface the staff parking lot at the elementary school. Other projects include replacing doorframes at the high school, more roofing and parking lots, updates to the auditorium and replacing storage buildings.

As for funding, each year the district is allocated up to $98,000 in deferred maintenance money from the state to be used for building and maintenance projects. There is money set aside for the priority projects including the repair of roofs and the geothermal heating system. But a final price tag won't be known until this summer.

- A June 2012 Community Education trip to Spain was approved.

- Employment contracts were approved for long term substitute early childhood education teacher, Heather Olson; paraprofessionals Tyler Anderson and Hannah Perala; and Community Education secretary Jean Gunderson.

- A one year leave of absence was approved for instructor Jill Walter.

- The resignation of ALC secretary Jean Gunderson was accepted.

- Business manager Kristi Werner reported that enrollment in the district continues to decline. Current enrollment is 1,359 students, she said. The district began the year with 1,381.

- Superintendent Tamara Uselman reported a shared services meeting with New York Mills on Feb. 24. The districts are trying to find ways to save money by sharing certain services including bus routes.

She also reported Dining Services Director Laura Bjerke will be coming to the board to request operating a summer lunch and snack program. There is no cost to the district as the meals will be reimbursable by the federal government, Uselman said.