The Devils Lake School Board moved to review and evaluate proposals from four architectural firms on constructing a Fine Arts Center. The reviews will take place later this month.
Sally Dahl, Fine Arts Committee chairperson, said the committee reviewed proposals from 11 firms and evaluated and selected four firms based primarily on the firms' experience in building similar structures at other schools. The school board would like to make a decision regarding which firm to use prior to Feb. 11.
School Superintendent Scott Privratsky shared a letter with the board from the ND Department of Public Instruction indicating that Devils Lake Public School (DLPS) school lunch prices will need to be increased by ten cents this year, a requirement for schools charging less than $2.59 per lunch in order to continue to receive financial support for the school lunch program. DLPS currently charges $2.10 for lunch.
DLPS Transportation Director Tom Dion provided a report saying the school runs 13 regular daily routes, transporting 700 rural students and 300 in-town students each day for a combined daily mileage of approximately 1,330 miles. He said there also are four buses dedicated to transporting students to school activities and last year these buses logged 106,000 miles. Dion said the district has recently benefited from a new mapping program that assists in pinpointing school boundaries and locating homes. When asked if the school board should be doing anything to help further road improvements in the area, Dion said roads have improved vastly over the last several years, however, rough roads have taken a toll on the buses themselves.
In legislative news, Privratsky said they are keeping an eye on a bill that would require the school day to be extended to six and a half hours for elementary school students and seven for high school students.