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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Employees of quarter, Teacher of the Year recognized at school board

  • Monday evening marked the final regular meeting of the Devils Lake school board during the 2013-2014 school year.
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  • Monday evening marked the final regular meeting of the Devils Lake school board during the 2013-2014 school year. There will, however, be a long range planning meeting at the high school library Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The public is strongly encouraged to attend.
    There was plenty of business in front of the board members Monday with 13 action items on the agenda.
    The board approved bids for a new bus as well as the painting of the exterior at Devils Lake High School and Sports Center. Harlow's Bus Sales received the bid for a 2015 International vehicle at $76,360. That price includes $5,000 for a trade-in of a used Devils Lake Public School bus. There were three bids.
    Lake Region Painting Service was awarded the bid for the exterior painting. The total price for the high school and Sports Center is $58,500. In the arrangement, the high school will be painted this summer with the Sports Center being completed during the summer of 2015.
    The board approved a request to advertise for bids to upgrade security cameras district wide. Depending on the bids received, school officials expect to add 90 cameras at inside facilities and 40 outdoors. The total project cost is expected to be $90,000.
    Funding for much of the project is available through Senate Bill 2267. The legislation provides matching state grant dollars for projects that improve school safety and security.
    In other business, the board approved the list of candidates for 2014 graduation pending completion of the course of study. There are 113 candidates for graduation and two candidates for certificate of completion. Graduation is set for June 1 at 2 p.m. in the Sports Center.
    Also, the rates for lunch will be raised for the 2014-2015 school year. For students, rates will increase from $2.25 to $2.35 while prices will go up from $3 to $3.25 for adults.
    Letters of resignation were received from Nicole Herman, Kindergarten instructor at Sweetwater Elementary, and Anthony McIntyre, speech and English teacher at Devils Lake High School, and approved by the board.
    In its final action of the evening, board members approved a three-year extension of the contract of Superintendent of Schools Scott Privratsky.
    The meeting also featured the presentations of Employees of the Quarter. Jake Wateland, middle school instructor, and Helen Jensen, paraprofessional at the high school were introduced as the Employees of the Fourth Quarter.
    Dawn Johnson was also introduced as the Teacher of the Year at Devils Lake Public Schools.
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