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XA-240 coming to Wadena

An XA-240 is on the way to Wadena.

Acting on a recommendation by Agriculture and Industrial Arts Instructor Richard Muckala, the Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved the purchase of an XA-240 greenhouse at their Monday night meeting.

The greenhouse project will be financed by grants from the local Elks Lodge and Stimulating Economic Progress (STEP). The greenhouse will be built on the east side of the school this summer and will be in use Sept. 3 when the 2013-2014 school year begins. Supervising the work will be Mark Stone Construction of Wadena. Elks members are also expected to provide assistance under conditions of their grant.

Muckala was chosen to give Monday’s presentation because he has worked with other area school districts in building greenhouses. At Monday night’s meeting, he showed board members several designs and strongly endorsed a model sold by Burton Floral and Garden (BFG). Muckala gave the board a view of an XA-210 but the quote and the vote was for an XA-240, which is 24 feet wide, 32 feet long and eight feet high.

Muckala told the board he liked the durability of the unit, which has a frame of 14-gauge, two-inch galvanized tubing built on four foot centers. Panels will be built of a rigid triple-wall plastic. The greenhouse will also include ventilation panels that will open automatically if the temperature in the building gets too high. Muckala said a major advantage of the XA-240 will be its heating efficiency.

The original plan was to construct both greenhouse and a high tunnel facilities. Since the greenhouse can be used year-around and the high tunnel only during certain warm weather months, the board opted to take the project one step at a time.

“I think the board did a nice job last night,” WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom said. “We will start with agriculture and hopefully we’ll expand the use.”

In addition to agriculture classes, Muckala said the greenhouse is expected to be used by biology classes and may also supplement the school’s food services program.

“It’s going to open up a whirlwind of opportunities,”  Muckala said.

In other board business:

• Approval was given to the hiring of Jason Mielke as head boys’ basketball coach and Allysa Morlock at Grade 1 teacher and accepted resignations from EBD Instructor Nicole Schumacher and Pre-school Education Assistant Kelley Klebs.

• The board approved a bid for the construction of a display case in the commons area for $41,200.

• Summer paid technology and curriculum training was approved for K-12 instructional staff members.

• The Freshwater lease agreement at the district’s Deer Creek facility, was approved through the 2014-2015 school year.