New committee sits down Tuesday afternoon, with city council members in attendance

    One of new Crookston School District Superintendent Jeremy Olson’s first priorities upon officially taking the reins of the district this summer was forming a committee to tackle long-range planning.

    Olson’s new Long Range Planning Committee met Tuesday afternoon and invited City officials and Crookston City Council members to attend. The two topics on the inaugural meeting agenda were Crookston Sports Center and the Crookston Community Swimming Pool.

    Olson told the Times prior to the meeting that he’d like to discuss the usage/lease agreement the City and school district have at the CSC, and he’d also like to discuss the long-term ownership of the pool, which the district currently owns. School district officials have long said that they think the pool and community would be better served over the long term if the City of Crookston owned it, and Olson indicated earlier this summer that he shares a similar opinion.

    The City and school district have long had an agreement in place that has the City contributing money every year to the pool’s operating budget. According to School District Business Manager Laura Lyczewski, the current allocation from the City to the district is $66,000 a year.

    As for the CSC, the school district pays the City to use the facility each year. In fiscal year 2017-18, Lyczewski says, the school district paid the City $112,584.