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School Board approves WKS band, choir trip

The Lake Superior School District Board during its meeting approved the William Kelley Schools band and choir to go on a trip to Chicago.

Band director Kerri Bilben presented to the board Tuesday saying that it has been four years since the WKS band has taken a big trip and it was to Nashville.

"We already have $7,000 raised and we would only be missing one day of school, a Thursday," Bilben said.

According to Bilben, there would be no over nights on the charter bus and there are six meals covered for each student and they would even be able to see the Twins play. The details have not been finalized for the spring trip, but Bilben said they have the opportunity to schedule performances around Chicago. The board approved the trip unanimously.

Also at the meeting, the board was told that the Minnehaha PTA has made its last payment to the school district for the money it borrowed to finish the Minnehaha Elementary School playground. The Minnehaha PTA borrowed funds from LSSD so they could finish the new playground before this school year. The PTA raised funds to pay for the equipment and the school district paid for the removal of the old surface and the new pour and play surface.

The board also approved the following grants and donations: $1,000 from the Northland Foundation for training support for parents and informal child care providers; $1,500 for early childhood community coordinator; $50,000 from the Minnesota Department of Education for Internet broadband expansion for students; $2,432.88 from the Northland Foundation for pre-K to grade three continuum; $200 from Cooperative Light and Power for district technology; and $150 for the Minnehaha music progam.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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