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ELC board approves Roosevelt sale

Board went into closed session regarding resolution of a civil rights claim

July 17, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board gave its approval to the sale of the north half of the Roosevelt School to Upper Des Moines Opportunity on Monday.

UDMO currently operates Head Start, a program for preschool children, in the classrooms on the main level. The school underwent several renovations to accommodate the young children before beginning classes there in December 2017.

A ribbon cutting and open house was held for the facility in March 2018.

According to the sale terms, UDMO is purchasing Roosevelt for $310,195 of which 305, 195 has been paid for in repairs and improvements to the building already. The balance of $5,000 will be paid at closing, which is expected to occur Aug. 16.

"We're excited to continue that partnership with UDMO," said ELC Superintendent Tara Paul. "We are not using that Roosevelt building as it was meant to be."

UDMO officials have indicated they will move their Early Childhood Head Start program to Roosevelt at some point. The Early Childhood program currently shares space with "A Child's World" daycare at the former McKinley School.

UDMO officials also said they will work to allow the ELC School District to use Roosevelt Auditorium.

In other business Monday, the board approved to hire Kyle Steffen as head cross country coach, Alexandra Olson as fifth grade science teacher and Eric Shave as an elementary special ed teacher.

The board also approved the 2019-20 High School Handbook.

Prior to the regular board meeting Monday, the school board held a special meeting for a closed session to discuss a legal matter. Coming out of the closed session, the board moved to approve a voluntary resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights, authorizing superintendent Tara Paul to work with OCR on dates for completion.



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