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[rosholt sd school]Grants help Edmunds Central, Rosholt expand programs

Update time:2021-08-12 04:11Tag:

  Workforce Education Grants awarded to two area schools will both be used toward much larger projects.

  The grants were announced by the Department of Education last month. The Edmunds Central School District in Roscoe received $142,454 toward the construction of an agriculture innovation lab and curriculum development. The Rosholt School District received $225,000 toward the construction of a career and technical education facility to house welding and automotive technology programs.

  The grants, which were two of four announced, cover just a portion of the overall cost of what’s planned.


  In Edmunds Central, the Workforce Education Grant is being matched with additional funding for the construction of an 18-foot-by-36-foot greenhouse as well as classroom curriculum. Science teacher Spencer Cody said the construction of the greenhouse alone will cost $70,000 and another $50,000 in equipment will be added.

  The structure will be more than a greenhouse. It’ll also be used as a new lab space where students can study aquaponics, aquaculture, hydroponics, horticulture and floriculture.

  The school is required to match at least an equal amount through in-kind contributions, school finances or additional grants. So, Cody said, at least two other grants will be put toward this venture, one of which is a $15,000 prize received through Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow program.

  Cody said he’s still waiting to hear back on a couple other grant applications, but the goal is to use them for matching funds. Ag teacher Sarah Kretchman is tasked with curriculum development.

  “We thought this would be a great opportunity for the ag and science departments,” Cody said.

  The venture will also provide more focus on career and technical education fields of study.

  Construction is expected to start this summer.


  Rosholt Superintendent Brian Nelson said the career and technical education facility planned is a portion of a $4.3 million expansion and renovation project at the school. Contractors have already started digging footings for the building addition, which includes a wellness center, new shop and a new information technology classroom.

  The addition will span 45 feet by 127 feet, according to Andrew Schaunaman with HKG Architects. The shop will be 44 feet by 46 feet; the wellness center will be 30 feet by 36 feet and the information technology classroom will be 25 feet by 42 feet.

  Nelson said the wellness center, featuring exercise equipment and a weight room, will also be available to the community.

  “We outgrew the existing one,” he said.

  The school’s current wellness center will be converted to a secretary’s room, he said.

  Other improvements include updates to the school’s heating and cooling system and remodeling of the school’s current shop and classroom into other spaces.

  Nelson said the new facility will feature a space to teach welding, automotive and manufacturing through a partnership with Lake Area Technical College in Watertown and the Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota.

  With construction already started, Nelson said the goal is to have work done by January, with much of the remodel done by the time school starts up in the fall.

  The school is financing $3.3 million through capital outlay certificates, which will be paid using existing revenue sources. Additional funding will come from the Workforce Education Grant and federal stimulus funding awarded to the school through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

  Total federal funding available isn’t yet know, he said, because specifics on the third round of federal funding haven’t been announced. But the district received $389,000 in the second round, and he expects the third round will be double that amount, if not more.

  “It’s exciting to get this done,” he said.

  Not all the district’s stimulus funding will be used, he said. Some has to be used to address learning loss.