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School board approves bonds

The ventilation and new boiler projects currently underway, at the Minnehaha Elementary School and William Kelley High School, got some help last week from the Lake Superior School District Board.

The board approved the issuance, sale and delivery of two general obligation alternative facilities bonds.

"The Minnehaha project is going pretty smoothly," said Superintendent Phil Minkkinen, adding that there have been a few glitches along the way, but construction efforts are still on track.

Minkkinen said something similar for the Kelley construction.

The project at Kelley consists of replacing the existing natural gas/fuel oil steam producing boilers with high efficiency natural gas/fuel oil hot water producing boilers, related piping replacement and replacement of heating coils, along with the re-ventilation of the cafeteria, auditorium, locker rooms and the gymnasium.

The Minnehaha project is slated to replace and repair air handling equipment.

Both of the projects are aimed at health and safety.

In other school board news:

- The board discussed moving the name "Halsted Field" to the new athletic field at the high school.

The request from Two Harbors High School Principal Bob Nyberg was well received.

"This is what the community wants," Nyberg said. "I'm carrying the water for lots of community members and athletes."

Halsted coached Two Harbors' football team for 25 years, compiling 12 conference championships and two state tournament teams, among other accomplishments. For his efforts, he was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1986. Many of his athletes went on to play at the collegiate level. He is also credited with starting the boys swim team.

- Amy Johnson, a math teacher at William Kelley High School, was commended for outstanding professionalism by the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was a delegate at the MCTM Delegate Assembly in May in Duluth. She represented her congressional district's math teachers concerns at the meeting.