By Chad Koenen


Henning School will receive several upgrades, including new LED lighting, as part of a facility improvement project plan. 

During its regularly scheduled meeting last Monday night, the Henning School Board approved up to $371,200 in upgrades at Henning School as part of a Facility Improvement Measure Summary. The plan was developed in a partnership with McKinstry and will complete several projects in the near future.

Among the projects being proposed by the plan was installing destratification fans in both school gymnasiums to minimize warm air stratification at the ceiling at a cost of $54,600, upgrading the lighting throughout the school with LED lights at a cost of $230,000, weatherization at a cost of $43,300 and demolishing a chimney at a cost of $33,700. 

If the district completes all of the projects there is an annual estimated utility savings of $11,130 and potential incentives of $12,240. 

The school board moved forward with the projects and will begin working on them this summer.

In other news

• Approved the hiring of Kayla Hoelscher for the MARSS Coordinator/Office position and Leah Roberts as a 5-12 English teacher. 

• Approved a three-year contract with Melissa Sparks to become the new superintendent at Henning School. 

• Heard that plans are beginning to take shape for both prom and graduation. Henning School Principal Thomas Williams said the plan is to have prom at the Henning Event Center in May, and if weather permits, grand march could also be held at the festival grounds. The plans are subject to changing conditions with COVID-19 and restrictions put in place by the Minnesota Department of Health.