The Perham-Dent School Board met remotely Wednesday, May 14, via Zoom.

  • Graduation will be Friday, May 22, on the front lawn of the high school at 7 p.m. as planned, with a few minor changes to stay within the Minnesota Department of Education's (MDE) graduation guidelines. Although the high school would like to see graduates be able to walk across the stage, that might not be possible under the MDE's guildelines. Graduates and their families will remain in their cars while listening to graduation speakers. The ceremony will be 45 minutes to an hour long. How diplomas will be distributed is still being decided. After the ceremony, there may be a graduation parade down Coney Street so the town can give graduates a proper send-off. The ceremony will be broadcast on Lakes 99.5 FM and livestreamed.
  • Heart of the Lakes Elementary reported that distance learning has been successful, thanks to the hard work of the teachers, paras, parents and students. Normally at the end of the year the attendance rate, where students have had 12 or fewer absences from school, is 80% during Distance Learning the data shows that the attendance rate has been 92%.
  • Prairie Wind Middle School is working on orientation videos for the incoming fifth-grade class, as they cannot do a traditional orientation. Prairie Wind is also having current fifth graders write letters to the incoming class on what it is like to be in the fifth grade. Prairie Wind is working on similar orientation videos for incoming seventh and eighth graders coming from St. Paul's Lutheran School and St. Henry's in the fall.
  • The high school will not be adding any new class assignments after Friday, May 15, and students will have until Tuesday, May 26, to turn in their assignments. However, all schools will be collecting the distance learning materials May 20 and 21.
  • The Alternative Learning Center is getting ready for summer school continuing on with Distance Learning. The center is working on a plan to help those who will not necessarily be enrolled in summer school but will need help catching up after spring distance learning.
  • The board approved a 10-cent increase, which is the lowest required increase by the state, in meal prices for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The board approved for the school to start advertising for bids from milk providers for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The board also approved to sign a new one-year agreement with Lakes County Service Cooperative Technology for the 2020-21 school year for IT services.
  • Tenure was approved for: Jill Christensen, Beth Gradenstain, Jesse Hein, Kelsey Karlen, James Mulcahy, Sarah O'Reilly, Lindsay Renfrew, Lucas Schmitz, Kelli Stoll, Brianna Tschida, Aron Velde, and Alecia Wahlin.
  • The board voted to approve the majority vote, from both the teachers and the support staff's unions, on insurance providers for both unions. The options for the unions are whether they wish to stay with Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP) or to change to Standford insurance.

  • The next Perham-Dent School Board meeting will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, with the location to be determined.
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