A new after-school program will start this school year at Laporte School for students in grades K through fifth-grade.

The program will be held immediately following school dismissal to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday in either the library or community room, and will be a recreational, social and educational program for those students who attend.

School Board Chair John Seegmiller said at the Aug. 13 board meeting that this is a program the district has needed for a long time, but was concerned the price might be to high for those families the district really needs to reach. The school is looking at scholarships and a fund where families are not charged.

Registration forms will be mailed to parents to see what the response is.

In other business, the board:

Approved the July 9 meeting minutes.

Approved the July monthly bills.

Hired Deborah Hazelton as the assistant cook.

Approved the post secondary education option contract with Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.

Accepted donations totaling $12,554, including $6,464 for the Smile, You’re on Camera school bus cameras from Garfield Lake Ice Racers Club, First National Bank of Walker, Beltrami Electric and Bank Forward in Walker. The Walker Legion Post 134 gave $5,000 in scholarships and the Tonia Johannsen Memorial Fund donated $1,000 toward the Dr. Dish basketball shooting machine.

Raised the gate fees for the 2018-19 school year from $6 to $7 for adults.

Approved the Student Handbooks for the 2018-19 school year.

Approved bids for breads, milk and dairy, snow plowing, propane, gasoline and for fire extinguishers.

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