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DETROIT LAKES, MN--Enrollment in Detroit Lakes Schools sees another decline in January. Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Doug Froke reported to the School Board Monday night January enrollment saw a loss of 16 students which adds to multiple monthly double-digit enrollment losses. The superintendent says the loss of students affect the district's revenue and said the district may have to take a hard look at other areas to balance out the loss of revenue. Administration told school board members while it's hard to pinpoint what actually happens to the students, Froke indicated building principals are in the process of putting together a list of students from their respective schools. Business manager Ryan Tangen says Roosevelt is down 31 students and administration there did create a list of who left and reasons why. Tangen said the majority of those on the list indicated a change in a parent's job status or foster children who were adopted. No one, he said, indicated anything district-related as a reason for leaving. Superintendent Froke says the board will see a budget revision before them in March and the loss in revenue will be reflected at that time in the bottom line.

Back to the Drawing Board

It's officially back to the drawing board on a building referendum project for the Detroit Lakes School District as the board chooses an architectural firm. Monday night, the District 22 School Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with Zerr Berg Architects from Fargo to assist the district in a proposed building referendum project to address space needs. The School Board has been interviewing a number of architectural firms since January. Voters have rejected three building referendum projects that have involved either building a new Middle School or new Elementary School and remodels of current buildings to address space issues. The District also had purchased land north of town for a new school campus.

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