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School board has construction site walk through

The area that will be "The Great Hall" at the new Perham high school in the process of being finished. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).1 / 2
Chad Borrmann with BHH Partners Planners/Architects describes to school board members what this space in the academic part of the new high school will be used for when the building opens next fall. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).2 / 2

The Perham school board met January 17, items on the agenda included the election of officers, approval of the 2018 PACC capital requests and a construction site walk through of the new high school.

The current members were elected to their same positions: Sue Von Ruden, Chairperson; Cyndy Huber, Vice Chairperson; Arnie Thompson, Clerk; and Sue Huebsch, Treasurer.

The board approved the 2018 PACC capital requests which totaled $103,000. That is split three ways between the Tri-Board, which includes the PACC, city and school. Some of the capital requests included replacing the AC rooftop unit and remodeling public bathrooms.

Other items discussed at the meeting included reports from Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, Prairie Wind Middle School, and the high school.

At the elementary school, principal Jen Hendrickson said the students are doing a great job with hallway expectations. Students receive black and yellow pom poms when they are showing the expected behaviors, and the goal is to fill up their classroom jars with the pom poms. When the jar is full, they choose something fun to do as a class to celebrate. The pom poms then go into a school bucket, with the goal of a winter fun party for the whole school.

Principal Scott Bjerke talked about middle school students having a positive experience at a Courage Retreat lead by nationally renowned Youth Frontiers. The 7th grade student retreat was held January 3, and the 8th grade retreat is January 19.

After the meeting, the school board went on a walk through of the new high school led by Chad Borrmann with BHH Partners Planners/Architects and Jeff Flettre with ICS Consulting, Inc. Board members went through the both the first and second floors of the gym and academic building.

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