$1,300 donation retires school lunch payments

The August 3 board meeting will move the Pelican Rapids schools a step closer to the reality of education in the 2020-21 pandemic year. 

The Pelican Rapids School Board will meet in a work session at 6 p.m. August 3, followed by the regular meeting at about 7 p.m. Three models are expected to be discussed Aug. 3—distance learning, in-classroom, and a “hybrid” of classroom and distance education in the home. These models are expected to be fully released to the public Aug. 10. 

This follows the anticipated announcement by Gov. Tim Walz on July 30, which is expected to instruct the state’s public schools. 

In other recent actions and discussions by the Pelican Rapids School board, at the July 20 meeting: 

• The Pelican schools received an anonymous donation of $1,300 toward the negative balances for school lunches 

• A new baseball coach will take to the diamond for the Pelican Rapids Vikings. Newly hired teacher Andy Johnson was named head baseball coach. He replaces Adam Johnson, who resigned from the position. Andy Johnson, a Pelican graduate himself, will also serve as assistant boys soccer coach. 

• The board approved participation in the part-time teacher program for Nancy Huseby.