Special acknowledgments were announced at the Oct. 12 Pelican Rapids School Board meeting. 

Commended were both the Viking Gala and Hall of Fame committees, which coordinated the Sept. 25 banquet. New inductees to the schools Hall of Fame, and acknowledgments of retired teachers was featured. Also, the Gala committee hosted a variety of events to raise funds for needed school programs and activities. 

Superintendent Brian Korf also noted the retirement of longtime elementary school front desk staffer Lois Aas. She retired after last school year, with 28 years with the district. 

Numbers down in grades k-12

 Enrollment at the Pelican schools took a slight dip from September school start to the October reporting, at the Oct. 12 school board meeting. 

Grade 7-12 enrollment totalled 414, compared to 420 at the start of the school year. 

Meanwhile, in grades K-6, the numbers slipped from 422 to 418. 

Parent conferences set in Pelican

Parent-teacher conference dates have been set. 

In the high school, the conference dates are November 15, in the high school Legends gym. 

At the elementary school, conferences will be Nov. 22-23, and parents have the option of in person, or by Zoom technology. 

Personnel actions 

In staffing matters, the Pelican school board:

• Approved hire of Bridgette Peasley as Special Education Driver

• Approved leave of absence for Lauren Holleman – Approx. January 19, 2022 – April 8, 2022

• Approved the following lane change requests for teachers who have earned additional higher education credits:

Kathryn Albright, Kim Nelson, Lisa Petznick, Andy Rarick, Jill Roisum, Sheri Meester, Abigail Mooney, Teressa Schlieman, Cody Shaffer, Jessica Sjostrom, Ryan Syverson, and Angie Westby.

Fundraisers by student groups, teams OK’d by school board

From car washes to food sales to flowering plant and kettle corn sales—the Pelican Rapids school board approved fundraising activities for the school year. 

Nearly every student organization or sports team will be conducting a fundraiser. The board set a practice a number of years ago to review and approve fundraisers.

The volleyball team has taken a novel approach, offering to volunteer at civic events and other activities in exchange for contributions to volleyball. For example, the volleyball team assisted with the Pelican Public Library book sale all summer. Theater students and boys soccer players assisted with the Pelican Rotary Club turkey feed last summer, with the Rotary Club contributing to the programs 

A sampling of some of the projects this year:

• Girls soccer car wash 

• Water softener salt sales, wrestling team 

• Special fundraising basketball tournaments for boys

• Student council has several, including Homecoming 

• Dance team is selling poinsettias and kettle corn 

• Frozen food sales, band and music students