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May 17, 2021

4/20/2018 11:19:00 AM
Chisago Lakes School Board gets good news on construction projects


The Chisago Lakes School Board met April 12 for a regular meeting.  All members were in attendance.  After approving paying the bills, the board recognized student athletes from the winter sports season.  Rachael Stauber was there with a swimmer and a diver, as well as Kyra Wachholz with a couple of dance team members along with ski coach Rich Cartier and four skiers. Activities Director Hayley Lang told the board about the gymnastics team which featured a state champion Aliah Williams.  

Former Superintendent Joe Thimm addressed the board. He was there to inform the board that he has secured five financial institutions to sponsor five pillars, which will be prominently featured in the new community center.  Thimm explained that each business will sponsor a pillar that represents  a high school from Chisago Lakes history.  The Taylors Falls Bluejays will be sponsored by Security State Bank of Marine, the Lindstrom, Center City and Shafer Bulldogs will be sponsored by Lake Area Bank, the Chisago Lakes Trojans will be sponsored by Edward Jones Greg Paine, and the Chisago Lakes Wildcats will be sponsored by MidWestOne.  These institutions have agreed to donate between $2,000 and $3,000.  

Thimm introduced Jason Gamble of MidWestOne Bank in Chisago City.  Gamble told the board his bank has a foundation and is always looking for community based projects to help fund.  Gamble told the board MidWestOne will donate $25,000 over five years to be used for the Chisago Lakes Community Room.  Thimm suggested to the board the name of the new community room should be MidWestOne Community Room.  The board thanked Gamble for the generous donation and passed a motion accepting the funds and naming rights to the room.

The board passed a motion to accept a grant from Chisago Soil Water Conservation District in the amount of $3,000 to be used towards a water control structure, at the new buildings.

The board accepted a donation from the University of Minnesota in the amount of $1,000 to be used for the Middle School outdoor garden.

The board then learned enrollment was up 14 students from the last meeting. Superintendent Dean Jennissen told the board this was a contrast from last year when the numbers were declining at this time. Total enrollment now stands at 3,418.

Tracy Quarnstrom who is the Director of Trio Wolf Creek On-Line School, briefed the board on enrollment numbers.  Quarnstrom told the board enrollment was at capacity with 190 students and another 33 online.  
Quarnstrom told the board Trio was no longer taking students for the remainder of the year.  Quarnstrom said 24 percent of students were from Chisago Lakes, 33 percent are from the Forest Lake area, 10 percent from North Branch and 33 percent from other areas.

The board then learned the house located on the future site of Lakeside Elementary will cost more than expected to do a practice burn with the local fire departments.  A permit would cost the school $3,300 and to prep it for a burn would be another $10,000.  
Director of Business Services Greg Anklan told the board he has received two inquiries about purchasing and moving the house.  
The board agreed to advertise the house to be moved.

ICS Consulting reps Chris Ziemer and Jon Kuenstling told the board they had good news and the new school and community center bonding projects were both coming under initial construction quotes.  Ziemer told the board the project will remain considerably under budget and they decided to add a terrazzo flooring, a long jump pit and a community wall.  The final price for the community center after additions came in at $17,486,000.  Ziemer told the board the bid for the new Lakeside School on Karmel Ave. also came in under budget at a price of $23,569,000.  The board passed the final numbers unanimously.

Community Education Director Bob Meyer reported pre school numbers were at capacity, but the addition of the new Lakeside will add three classrooms and allow for more pre school students.

Superintendent Jennissen told the board that 42 people have submitted applications for the Activities Director position. Lang submitted her resignation as of the end of the school year.
The meeting closed at 8:20 pm

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