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High school to get $50,000 in driveway upgrades

The driveways at Alexandria Area High School will soon receive a $50,000 upgrade.

Information was provided at Monday night's school board meeting after an April 11 budget and facilities meeting.

The driveway work is part of the district's capital improvement projects for this summer. Work at the high school, including curb and gutters, will take place along the south driveway, which is at the intersection of 50th Avenue and also along the north driveway (bus loop).

No action was taken by the school board at this meeting as these projects were part of the capital improvement plan, which was approved at a previous meeting.

Donations accepted

School board members approved several donations and grants at Monday's meeting, including the following:

• A $1,000 grant from Horizon Public Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Plan to Community Education to support the summer garden at Woodland Elementary School.

• A $1,500 grant from the CHS Foundation to the high school's ag department to provide funding for award winners to attend a CASE Institute this summer.

• A donation of $4,615.52 from the Red Line Hockey Booster Club for the salary and benefits for the assistant boys' hockey coach.

• A donation of $7,033.84 from the Band Booster Club to hire a marching band assistant band director and an assistant color guard position.

• A donation of $25,000 from the Grid Club to the high school's football program.


The board also accepted letters of retirement from the following staff members:

• Jeanne Frederick, social worker, 27 years

• Jill Foley, teacher, 17 years

• Chris Biegner, teacher, 31 years

• Lydia Erickson, teacher, 34 years

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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