The Pelican Rapids High School band trip has been postponed; and all spring  sports are suspended for now. 

These were among the topics at the March 16 school board meeting, as school officials take measure of the impact the  COVID-19 outbreak.   

Plans and preparations dominated the meeting. (See related announcements and notices in this edition.)

School, city plan for road upgrade

Buildings and facilities superintendent Trevor Steeves outlined the pending County 96 and 100 road improvement project, which will disrupt streets bordering the west side of the high school campus.  

The road reconstruction, which also weaves past the Pelican Farmers Elevator, is an Otter Tail County project. But the city will also be upgrading water, sewer, curb and gutter. 

The intention is to phase the project to improve access to the elevator, and also minimize impact on the school.  

Steeves said that the first big deadline target for the school is  to complete work by the west parking lot, in order to have access during the big SHADA basketball tournament in Pelican in early June.

Principals’ report 

In other reports, High School Principal Brian Korf reported a March enrollment of 420 pupils in grades 7-12 grades.  

Elementary Principal Derrick Nelson reported enrollment of 424 in grades K-6.  Nelson also reported attendance at parent teacher conferences at about 91.4 percent. 

Evenson steps down from dance coach

The school board accepted the resignation of Emily Evenson as head coach of the Valkyries competitive dance team.  

She has led the squads for several years, after founding coach Tammi Seifert.  

There was no discussion at this stage as to a replacement for Evenson. 

As a winter sport, the dance season doesn’t begin until late fall.