Solar panels could be added this summer

By Chad Koenen


The New York Mills School Building and Grounds Supervisor Jeff Perala provided a snapshot of the school building and grounds on Monday, Feb. 27. 

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 27, Perala presented the second of several department updates to the new school board. Last month the school board heard an update from the technology department.

One of the highlights of the building and grounds report concerned the addition of solar panels to the roof beginning this summer. The plan is to place the solar panels above the activity center, high school gym or library. 

The roof over the school was replaced four years ago and continues to be in good shape. Perala said the plan is to also take out the old boiler system in the 2000 addition of the school as three new boilers in the boiler room are currently heating the school. When the old boilers are taken out of the school the space will be utilized for storage. 

While there have not been finalized plans for a number of projects, Perala said the school district is discussing things like changing some of the flooring to more of a epoxy flooring so the school district will no longer need to strip and wax the floor, adding drainage near the high school office and also replacing the fencing at the football field. 

Perala said the plan is to also get estimates for things like tuck pointing the exterior walls, replacing the old water fountains with the new style of water filling stations, changing out the remaining lights in the school to LED lighting, seal coating the parking lot and a number of other projects that could be on the horizon. 

In other news

• Accepted the following donations: $1,500 from the NY Mills Lions Club for the fishing league and $750 from the NY Mills Lions Club for the elementary boys basketball program. 

• Approved participating in a girls hockey cooperative with Detroit Lakes as the host school. Detroit Lakes is the closest program with girls hockey as Wadena-Deer Creek will no longer offer the sport.

• Approved the following appointments: Joan Nelson as a paraprofessional long term sub and bus monitor, Steve Dunrud as head boys track coach and Hailey Windels as head girls track coach.