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District moves forward with input from facilities survey

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Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

The Cloquet School Board is nearly ready to take the next step in its facilities process, with a full board working session tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 27.

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At a short meeting of the board on Monday night, Superintendent Ken Scarbrough noted that progress is being made on the scientific survey commissioned by the district last month.

“That process is about half done,” Scarbrough told the board. “We’ll expect that survey to be done within the next week or so and then the data collation process begins.”

Scarbrough said that input from the district’s five public meetings on the subject as well as online surveys from the district’s website will be considered in recommendations made to the board.

“I think it’s best that the whole board look at this,” Scarbrough said.

The public also is allowed to attend working sessions of any elected body.

Scarbrough also gave board members a packet to help score applicants to succeed Robbi Mondati as principal of the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program (CAAEP). Mondati will move to Cloquet High School in the fall on a regular basis, where she currently serves as assistant principal. Mondati now splits time between the facilities.

In the fall, Mondati will work as an eight-tenths time employee.

The district is replacing the CAAEP part-time principal position and the full-time dean of students position with one full-time principal position.

“CAAEP is a little different from our other schools in that it draws students from all over Carlton County,” Scarbrough said. “We’re looking for just the right person to fill that role which Robbi has handled so well.”

The new principal will be the third for CAAEP in the last four school years. Connie Hyde held the position two years ago before being hired as principal of Washington Elementary.

Applications for the position close on May 2 and Scarbrough noted that there have been four applicants so far. Finalists will be interviewed by the full board at a later date.

In other board news, Scarbrough said that Business Manager Kim Josephson has been in contact with three potential vendors so far regarding a contract to fix the track at Cloquet High School. Costs to repair the surface, which is peeling and breaking away in places, have been estimated at between $80,000 and $100,000.

Scarbrough also said he is nearly ready to submit a revised agreement to the Minnesota State High School League regarding the cooperative athletic arrangement between the Cloquet and Fond du Lac school districts.

“We’ve added a section to fully explain the agreement,” Scarbrough said. “American Indian players would be required to stay in a sport for a full season at one school or the other but could transfer back and forth in the same school year between fall, winter and spring sports.”

Scarbrough hopes to hold a conference call with MSHSL Executive Director Dave Stead to make sure the agreement will pass muster before it is submitted. Only a handful of school districts across the state have similar arrangements.

Fond du Lac reached the state boys Class A basketball tournament in March and had players on it who attend Cloquet High School.

“We just want to try to get an agreement through and see how it works,” Scarbrough said.

In other board actions, the board set the summer custodial hours for the coming summer at 7,100, which is the same number in each of the last two summers. The board also approved a part-time groundskeeper for the summer months.

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