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October 23, 2018

2/16/2018 11:50:00 AM
Remodeling begins at district office with bid approved at board meeting

There wasn’t any grand send off or big party, but the Chisago Lakes School Board held its final meeting last week in the district office space directors occupied for years.

The space is being remodeled for use by special education programming currently housed in Chisago City.

The offices will eventually be located at the new elementary school in Chisago City, but in the meantime administrative operations are re- located to Scottsdale Mall in Lindstrom.

The district office remodel bid was approved at $1.68 million. The district moved most items out of the office last weekend and the remodel is expected to begin next week in the first major project of the bond vote.

The bid, which was the lowest of  nine, went to Project One Construction out of Kimball, Minnesota. It was the lowest by nearly $125,000.

A representative from ICS Consulting noted that Project One’s bid was able to be so low because they are starting a large project in North Branch during the same timeline, meaning a lot of their manpower and resources would already be present in the area.

Lakeside Elementary Principal Sara Johnson was on hand to reccommend to the board that they keep the name Lakeside Elementary for the new school building to be constructed.

There has been a lot of dialogue among planning members, parents, administrators and teachers, and they decided they would like to keep the name.

The decision, however, is the board’s. They will take the discussion into account and make the final determination on the new school’s name at the March school board meeting.

No other naming options were discussed at last week’s meeting.

The school board accepted the retirement of Director of Technology Ken Orwoll. He is the longest tenured staff member throughout the district, at 40 years. He has been a coach as well as an educator, and the board accepted his retirement with regret.

Superintendent Dean Jennissen noted that the districts that comprise Technology and Information Education Services (TIES) voted to dissolve the collaborative in a late January vote.

He mentioned, however, that there were a few outside sources, namely the National Joint Powers Alliance, that was interested in taking over TIES clients, as well as the debt they’ve accumulated.

Jennissen said although Chisago Lakes voted to dissolve TIES, the district was open to seeing what a new collaborative would look like if the NJPA or another collaborative took over. “It’s a situation we are keeping an eye on,” he said. “We are tracking what’s best for our students going forward.”

Director of Business Services Greg Anklan gave a brief update on the budget projection for the year, and he said it was very similar to last year and that the district was moving in the right direction for 2018.

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