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“Where Have All the Children Gone?” Asks Crookston School
Enrollment continues to be a concern for the Crookston School
District said Superintendent Wayne Gilman, “We are down quite a bit for a lot of
different reasons. Some of the comments are that families were looking for work
and reasons like that, but it comes down to that there are fewer kids in the
area, but we are going to consider some things like advertising that Crookston
is a great place to live with a wonderful school system, so we will see what we
can do.” Gilman said they were down about 70 students last week. Using the
Minnesota State per pupil formula, this is going to be a loss of over $300,000
to the school district.
Also at the Crookston School Board meeting on Monday, the board approved two
lease agreements for the coming year. “We have an agreement with the Community
Family Center (Old Carmen School) for $18,000 for the year and we may not have
that lease next year with the reconfiguration of bringing the 7th grade to the
high school," said Gilman. The second lease is with the Resource Management LLP
for the New Paths Area Learning Center classroom by the former junior high
school at $6,000 a year, "Last year we had it for free," said Gilman, "so it is
a one year at a time lease and works good for us at the present time."
The board approved a land transaction between Richard (Tuffy) and Terry Hanson
to the Solheim Farms in Fairfax township. There was a country school located on
the farm land and the school property was given to the Crookston School District
and the transfer needed to be done to clean up the deed for the farmers. No
money changed hands on the half acre plot.
Jim Kent, the interim Curriculum Director for the school district presented the
annual report on Curriculum, Instruction and student achievement to the board.
Superintendent Gilman said they are working on the annual year progress (AYP)
plan, “Kent talked about where we are at and he identified the areas we need
improvement, Special Education, Hispanic, English as a Second Language and Free
and Reduced lunch categories. Reading and math need to be improved, so we have a
plan in place to make the necessary improvements.” The report was approved by
the board and must be sent to the state by October 15.
Seven employment agreements were approved by the Crookston School Board,
including one for Steve Krueger as the High School Auditorium manager for $1,471
per year. Crookston High School Principal Todd Brist said, “This means we have
someone to oversee all the happenings in the auditorium, as it is a hopping spot
with a lot of activities, so he will oversee it all nd make sure the lights,
sound and the stage are well taken care of."
Jessica DeBoer was hired as an after school care aide at
Washington School. Emily Parrill, Spanish teacher will be the new Student
Council Advisor. Jill Schisano will be a part time art teacher. Joe Sobolik was
approved as the 8th grade girls basketball coach and Amy Huie is the7th grade
girls basketball coach, while Jaclyn Martin was approved as an assistant girls
Scott Solheim Gets Second Kidney Transplant
Scott Solheim of Crookston has needed a second kidney transplant
for several years after getting his first kidney transplant from his wife Tracy
back in December, 1998 failed after seven years.
September 29, 2008 was the day the phone call came from the
Fargo transplant clinic that a Kidney was available. Tracy Solheim said, “The
phone call came at 4:30 AM Monday Morning that a kidney was available and we
needed to get to Fargo by 9 a.m. After testing was completed at 3 p.m. they told
us he was getting a new kidney and surgery took place at 6 p.m. Scott was out of
surgery by 9 p.m. so it all happened within 12 hours. Scott came home on Friday
and we are still traveling to Fargo 2-3 times a week because of follow up
appointments. He is doing well, he is tired and has low hemoglobin, but
otherwise he feels like a new man."
Their young children are excited and pleased because they think
they will get to go to Disneyland now that their Dad is off dialysis, since
there were so many things they could not do before, according to Tracy. “Keeping
him well is the biggest thing and away from the flu, so we all have gotten the
flu shots as the next two months are the most critical, because he is on high
doses of medicine and is most likely to get the sickest and after that they
decrease the amount."
Support from the community, church, family and friends has been great, and there
is the caring bridges website where people can go for information, according to
Tracy. Scott’s brother Jeff and his wife Tracy are accepting calls to help
provide suppers for the family for the month of October. Anyone wishing to help
can call 218-857-3512. Marilyn Solheim is the mother of Scott Solheim and they
are long time Crookston residents.
Crookston City Council Meets on Tuesday
The Crookston City Council will have their regular meeting on
Tuesday, October 14, 2008. On the agenda include setting a date for a public
hearing for the Crookston Housing Incentive Program. Approving the sale of one
of the Evergreen Estates lot in the Northeast end of Crookston. Also approving
some assessment’s for Locken Boulevard for street reconstruction and give City
officials approval to acquire more properties in the flood zone. For the
complete Crookston City Council meeting agenda click here.
After the City Council meeting, the Crookston Ways and Means committee will meet
and on their agenda is a recommendation from the Crookston Ice Arena Advisory
Committee to follow through on the $14.3 million design of a new ice arena
complex that will be built in the Northeast end of Crookston.
After the Ways and Means Committee meeting, the City of Crookston Finance
Committee will meet and their agenda includes a request from the Crookston
Community Swimming Pool, rehabbing the Spendley Lift Station and reviewing the
City's third quarter budget.
The City was also interviewing for a new Payroll Clerk on Monday from over 30
applicants. They also interviewed seven applicants last week out of 12 resumes
for a position with the Crookston Parks and Recreation Department.