WORTHINGTON — The bulk of the District 518 Board of Education meeting Tuesday night was an architect's report on the planning of the intermediate school.

Although plans are not yet finalized, the design team is considering a number of factors that will help the school building be as useful and durable as possible.

The approximately 120,000-square-foot school was approved by voters in the November school referendum. It is slated to include grades 3-5 over two floors.

Also Tuesday, Superintendent John Landgaard provided an update on the district's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. By order of Gov. TIm Walz, all schools statewide are closed until March 27, during which time staff will create a plan for distance learning.

Landgaard said schools are also responsible for providing lunches during this time, and District 518 will use the same method it does over the summer. Several dropoff points around Worthington have been identified, and vans will bring food for collection by anyone age 18 or younger. Each package will contain a lunch and the next morning's breakfast.

One challenge Landgaard noted is getting supplies out to the district's outlying communities. Administration is working on identifying dropoff sites in places outside Worthington.

The district will also provide child care for district employees and for "tier-one emergency workers" whose kids are enrolled in the district. This will take place at Prairie Elementary. Paraprofessionals will provide the child care so teachers can work on developing a distance learning plan.

In other news, the school board:

  • Approved a spending cap of $7 million on the new Trojan Field.
  • Approved a request for Cable 3 to use district facilities to film a series about Worthington's community members.