Bates also compliments recent art trip to Chicago

    Looking to take advantage of a locked-in rate, the Crookston School Board this week approved an agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. through November of 2020 that will have the contractor coordinating maintenance of HVAC equipment and energy systems in the district’s buildings. Board Chair Frank Fee said the board had the option of approving only a one-year agreement, but by going with three years instead, the district will lock in at a 1 percent rate increase each year of the three-year deal.

    The district’s current agreement with Johnson Controls was set to expire on Nov. 30. With the new accord, the district will pay Johnson Controls $65,820 per year.

    In other items of note from this week’s board meeting:

    • The board approved an increase in hours for Mike Delorme, assistant mechanic at the bus garage. He’ll be full-time now, Fee said, with benefits. Previously, he worked 28 hours per week.

    • The board approved a health services agreement with Crookston’s parochial schools, Cathedral School and Our Savior’s Lutheran School, that will have Polk County Public Health providing nursing services to those schools. PCPH will be reimbursed at a rate of $48 per hour for licensed school health nurse services at the two schools.

    School District Business Manager Laura Lyczewski said she appreciated PCPH’s willingness to partner with the district and parochial schools to provide health services to those schools.

    • Superintendent Chris Bates, who went on the trip as well, complimented CHS art teacher Gary Stegman and the 32 art students that recently went on an arts and culture trip to Chicago. “I think some of the kids were exposed to things in the big city they wouldn’t have been otherwise,” Bates noted. The students took the trip via train, and Bates noted that some of the students accepted an offer from some Amish kids to play cards, and they played for three hours.