NCW School Board Accepts Offer from City of Hendrum for Elementary

NCW School Board Accepts Offer from City of Hendrum for Elementary

April 21, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Hendrum, MN — It looks as if the Norman County West School Board has found a new home for their elementary building in Hendrum once they consolidate into the new district with Ada-Borup. The Norman County West School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night where they reviewed and tentatively accepted a proposal for the elementary from the City of Hendrum.

As part of the proposal, the City of Hendrum would purchase the elementary building and grounds, bus shed, playground, basketball court, football fields for $1. Also included in the purchase would be all the kitchen and food service equipment, gymnasium equipment, PA system, stage lights and curtains, bleachers, lockers, cabinets, security systems, and a number of other items that would essentially leave the building intact. In addition to those items would be $50,000 in financial assistance to help maintain the buildings and grounds while they seek out a repurposing for facility. That amount is contingent on approval from the Ada-Borup School Board.

A motion was made by Peter Jacobson and 2nd by Matt Nelson to accept the proposal and draft up a purchase agreement. The motion was approved unanimously.

Norman County West Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess says it was a solid proposal from the City of Hendrum and he was happy to move forward in a quick manner.

While the school board appears to have an agreement with the city of Hendrum, there is still no deal with the city of Halstad with the former high school.

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the Norman County West School Board approved transferring a number of fund balances into one unrestricted-undesignated account. Dr. Hess says this allows the district to put leftover fund balances for specific items, such as staff development and community education, into one general account when they consolidate.

Also under the topic of consolidation, Dr. Hess says they continue to work with staff on several of the transitional items.

The Norman County West School Board also accepted the resignations of teachers Kaitlyn Ganoe and Tanner Stoltz.