Detroit Lakes School District News: DLHS Academy Approved, Project Bids Opened

Detroit Lakes School District News: DLHS Academy Approved, Project Bids Opened Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN—Detroit Lakes High School may now move ahead with plans to become a career academy high school as Detroit Lakes School Board members give their unanimous approval to the Career Academies Program Monday night. The district had taken the first step this year toward the career academy model with Freshmen seminars. Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Doug Froke says the School Board did it's due diligence on the Academy model, speaking with other schools using this career academy model and last night approved the high school administration to make the transformation.

The Superintendent while the curriculum is not fully developed for an entire high school academy this year's freshman class will not have the experience of the high school in full academy mode, he expects next year's freshmen will graduate as the first full-fledged career academy students.

The board is working on finalizing the two big construction projects for this summer at the Roosevelt and Middle Schools. The board approved the sale of general obligation abatement bonds last night to finance the parking lot project at Roosevelt and the Middle Schools. A representative from Ehlers presented the board the report of the bond sale, Jodi Zesbaugh said the District received an A+ bond rating.

The parking lot project is just over $4.7 million without interest and will take about 14 years to pay off. The other project, the replacement of the exterior skin of the middle school is to not only for aesthetics, but more importantly provide insulation resulting in better energy efficiency for the building and substantial cost savings for the district.

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