Workers dig into downtown [UPDATED]Published 11:28am Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated 11:46am Friday, September 27, 2013
Construction on Perham’s downtown area parking lot has started, according to the Perham Focus.
The area was closed to the public on Tuesday and crews have already begun tearing up pavement. They will continue with reconstruction over the next few weeks.
The infrastructure improvement project is intended to fix drainage issues and to fill in cracks and potholes that were prevalent in the area. Stop signs, concrete gutters and traffic islands will also be added.
The $209,000 project is focused on the public parking lot and thoroughfare that runs parallel to the railroad tracks just north of Main Street between 1st Ave. N and the post office.
Business and property owners in the area are being asked to refrain from parking in the lot during construction. Owners can also coordinate deliveries with the construction contractor so access my be scheduled.
Per the city’s contract with the contractor, R.L. Larson Excavating of St. Cloud, Minn., the work must be completed by the end of October.
The project was slated for construction this year as part of Perham’s 2010-2011 Capital Improvement Plan.
Test score improvement dominates Pelican school board discussion
After statewide standardize test scores showed Pelican Rapids lower than state average in reading and math, student performance dominated a special work session on Sept. 16 for the Pelican Rapids School Board, according to the Pelican Rapids Press.
Discussion continued through the night as both elementary and high school principals outlined plans and strategies to reverse the trend.
Administrators were hesitant to take a defensive position about Pelican’s score and Superintendent Deb Wanek noted that school districts in the state nosedived on reading scores, which were more rigorous and challenging following statewide changes to the tests.
Pelican’s demographics as a school district — with a high number of ethnic diversity and English language learners — also entered the discussion.
Pelican’s reading scores are comparable to other school districts with similar immigrant populations. The student population is nearly 40 percent minority.
At the high school level, Principal Brian Korf said the staff is engaging in goal setting to improve the test scores.
Intervention with lower performing students and more emphasis on learning during “Power Hour” study hall sessions are among the plans.
Reading coaches and intervention staff will concentrate on raising scores at the elementary level.
Opening month enrollment up at Henning School
Enrollment for 2013-14 has increased at Henning School, according to the Citizen’s Advocate.
Enrollment stands at 382 students, according to a report giving to the school bard. After deducting students for post secondary options, the enrollment at the school is 377.75 students.
Those numbers are up from the end of the 2012-13 school year in which enrollment was 378 students before post secondary deductions and 376 after.
The 10th grade class is the largest with 38 students, The smallest is second grade with just 16 students.
Despite the increase in enrollment, the school board approved lowering the budget to reflect 370 students as the district was expecting an enrollment closer to 390 students this year.
In the past, the district has budgeted for less students than are enrolled in the school to build a cushion should students leave or miss long periods of time at school.
Chahinkapa scores with baby bison from ESPN’s GameDay
After making an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay in Fargo last Saturday, a baby bison named “Corso,” after famous coach Lee Corso who is a host on the show, will live at Chahinkapa Zoo, according to the Wahpeton Daily News.
The baby bison appeared with the coach to end the show after the North Dakota State University’s athletic department contacted the zoo earlier in the week. The popular broadcast had the school as its main feature of the week.
The baby bison, who was not yet named, was in the zoo’s animal training program.
The zoo was asked if the bison could be named Corso, but trainers and officials were unaware the show would announce it that morning.
Zoo trainers said the little bison did great as he was marched out of the Fargo Theatre to a crowd of cheering fans in the street. The baby bison is friendly and likes people.
Zoo officials also credited the ESPN, NDSU and Fargo Theatre staffs with respecting the zoo’s concern for the safety of the bison and the crowd.
Chahinkapa Zoo has four adult bison along with Corso.