The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education at its meeting this week had a preview of the upcoming year from administrative staff.
Pre-K through fourth principal Shane Kalous noted 630 students in the elementary, up from 617 last year. Kalous said wireless Internet was now installed in both Roosevelt and Demoney and he thanked administrative assistants for their help in getting ready for the fall.
Frank Christenson, high-school principal, gave a tour of the facility, including the upgraded computer lab featuring laptops and a new painting scheme in the entry and cafeteria.
Brad Leonard, activities director, said there were seven new coaches this fall with 60 players out for middle-school football, a record. He said 80 students were out for high-school fall activities.
Leonard said the showcase will be this Friday and he highlighted the new flag project at the football field, initiated when the Blass family donated a flag in memory of their son Steve.
Christenson said Avera Holy Family Hospital had donated three defibrillators - one for each gym and one for trainers. He also noted the Back to School Bash Wednesday and the Showcase Friday.
Bob Grems, Regional Wellness Center director, said membership is up a little over last year with 2,150 members which he said was "way above the norm." Grems said 44 students were signed up for Energizer Plus with a cutoff of 50.
Other activities Grems discussed were Dancetastic, flag football and permanent and quasi-permanent endowments through the Emmet County Community Foundation.
Superintendent Tara Paul noted 117 students enrolled in kindergarten so far. She said the district was unable to accommodate a request by a Minnesota family to bus students since it was not legal to run a bus route across state lines.
Jodie Greig, board president, said if the parents brought the children to a location in Iowa, district buses could pick them up and that the district must charge tuition.
The board also approved purchase of a bus from Thomas Bus Sales for $83,273. Funds for the bus came from the 1-cent tax and were approved with the 1-cent/PPEL budget.