Construction continues for District 518

The District 518 Board of Education's Operations Committee received updates on its construction and repair projects, including a leak at the Learning Center, the completion of Trojan Field and work on the Intermediate School and community education building.

WORTHINGTON — Leaks at the Learning Center built two years ago continue to cause issues, leading the operations committee of the District 518 Board of Education to discuss their options at a meeting Tuesday.

“Leaking water only leads to more repair and more problems,” said Steve Schnieder, board member, who said it was time to start looking at legal options for dealing with the contractor. “Costs keep going up and we don’t know what they’re going to have to do out there.”

Superintendent John Landgaard said he would look into the district’s options.

As yet, $212,000 is unpaid on the project.

Other construction work in the district has fared better.


Trojan Field is essentially complete, Landgaard said, with only a few small remaining details to finish before a 6:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 1.

Work on the intermediate school remains on track, with a couple of supply delays for the insulation for the roofing material, Landgaard said, but the project should still be completed in April or May. Some of the exterior elements may be finished during the summer.

The community education project has begun and is going well.

In other news Tuesday, the committee:

  • Considered a total maximum levy for 2021, payable in 2022, of $8.26 million, a 7.02% increase, which will be brought to the full Board for approval. Updates based on census numbers and increased enrollment for the 2022-23 school year both influenced the proposed levy. Landgaard said the final levy will be certified in December and may be reduced from $8.26 million.

  • Received a tax abatement request from Jeremy and Tyann Prins, which will be brought to the full Board for approval.

  • Heard an update on the capital outlay for the district. Some projects have been delayed, but will still be completed.

  • Learned that funding was received to build a trail leading to Knollwood Drive, following a grant application made four or five years ago.

  • Agreed that the district should investigate the purchase of two vehicles for special education students. Likely one will have a lift and one will not.

  • Discussed how the school will spend the $5.68 million in available Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, which will include replacing four air handler units at Worthington High School, a chiller and controls at Prairie Elementary, $2.12 million in staffing increases and $561,000 in educational supplies and equipment.

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A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

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