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ELC sets July 14 for property sale

By Staff | Jul 1, 2008

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Board of Education in special session Monday set a public hearing for July 14 for sale of the remainder of the Lincoln School property and three homes to be removed.

Two lots on the northeast side of the Lincoln property were previously sold. Remaining are four lots on the south edge of the property including where the school was located. Bids will be accepted on the property until noon Friday, July 11 with a public hearing on the sale at 5:05 p.m. Monday, July 14.

Bids were accepted through June 16 on three homes the district owns at 1421 Third Ave. S., 1515 Third Ave. Ave. S., and 1326 First Ave. S. Superintendent Dick Magnuson said bids had been received on two of the homes. A public hearing on the sale of those properties will also be held at 5:05 p.m. Monday, July 14.

The sale of the homes is contingent upon their removal. Magnuson said the buyers would probably have 30-60 days to remove the structures.

In other business, the board approved renewing an agreement with school improvement consultant Shirley Johnson to work two days a week. Magnuson said grant money would be used as much as possible to pay Johnson. He said Johnson will work with building principals and curriculum coordinators.

The board also approved renewal of an agreement with migrant consultant Nancy Brommer for one day a month. Brommer visits businesses and recruits students between ages 3-21.

Magnuson said the area migrant population is actually going down since people who were formerly considered migrants are moving to the area and staying. Magnuson said this could be the last year of funding for the program.

The board accepted the resignation of Mandy Bahr as middle-school vocal music teacher. Bahr has accepted a position in another district as a vocal music instructor, Magnuson said. He added that her position will probably be able to be filled.

The board approved hiring Amber Pruin as middle-school physical education instructor to replace Mindy Brechwald who transferred to the high school to replace Nancy Sanderson who retired.

Hires approved included Melissa Leonard, Karen Pratt, and Kristi Fredrick for summer elementary program and Brandi Swenson, Mary Enderson, Lindsay Blair, and Jackie Cook as summer school elementary teachers and Blair Martyr and Sandy Jenson as teacher associates.

Summer school will be held in the Roosevelt building July 7 through Aug. 8.