There were several doses of good news at the recent Pelican Rapids school board meeting. 

COVID appears under control—for now, said Superintendent Brian Korf “Knock on wood,” he added. 

With Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, there are concerns about students returning after family gatherings and other holiday events. 

Enrollment jumped at the Viking elementary school; and Pelican athletes were acknowledged. 

Viking enrollment up by 10

 Elementary Principal Derrick Nelson delivered a welcome to new families, and ten additional students since October. The K-6 grade numbers now total 428. 

Special acknowledgments were noted at the Nov. 15 meeting—including a thanks to all the fall sports coaches and athletes. Specifically noted were Charlie Larson, who placed 11th at the state cross country meet. 

Sebastian Centeno and Mohamed Ahmed were commended, as they were both All State soccer players. 

Principal Nelson gave a special thank you to the special education staff, in honor of Special Education Day. “They go above and beyond for our students,” said Nelson. 

Peter steps down from girls track

The board also learned that longtime track coach John Peter has resigned as girls track coach. Peter held the position for 12 years. He was also longtime cross country coach, but has served as boys soccer coach ever since Pelican launched varsity soccer in 2016. 

In other school board news, the high school Scholarship Fund received a $20 donation from an anonymous source.

Personnel, staffing

• Approved the resignation of Logan Knorr as JH Girls Basketball Coach 

• Approved the resignation Asma Mohamud as Special Education Para at Viking Elementary

• Approve the hire of Madison Abarr as JH Girls Basketball Coach

• Approve the hire of Joy Miller as JH Girls Basketball Coach

• Approve the following lane change request: Karli Kirkwood from BA to BA+10(S).