The Echo

New lockdown procedure put in place

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. Students follow the lockdown procedure by crouching in the corner of C377.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

February 4, 2020

As part of the referendum passed in 2017, the district made a special effort to focus on safety, according to facilities and safety manager for the district Thomas Bravo. Bravo said as a result of the focus on safety, the blue light system was implemented “When we got the referendum approved in...

Fence installed in Park field May 16

Construction workers install a pole that will be part of the fence surrounding the construction of the new fitness center. According to facilities manager Tom Bravo, the center should be completed by January 2020. Other renovations on the school will begin in fall 2019.

Marta Hill

May 17, 2019

On Fridays, both girls’ and boys’ Ultimate Frisbee have captains practice on the high school field and will now have to share the smaller space, according to senior Daniel Hunegs. “(The boys’ and girls’ teams) usually split the space and I think both teams get the amount of space they wa...

From blueprint to reality

The girls' and boys' locker rooms will be renovated to create separate gym and athletic locker rooms, according to athletic director Andy Ewald. The renovations under the referendum will begin in the spring.

Abby Intveld and Dani Orloff

February 24, 2019

As freshman Victoria Schmelzle contemplates the upcoming renovations at the high school, she said there are other areas within the district she feels need improvement. “I would rather them renovate other stuff, but I think it would be good if they renovate the gym lockers because thos...

District renovations to take place under referendum

A construction worker uses a saw to take a handle off a door at the high school Aug. 20. District improvements will be completed by 2022, according to District facilities manager Tom Bravo.

Sophie Olmen and Dani Orloff

October 8, 2018

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, numerous facility improvements were voted on in the $100.9 million referendum passed last November. “81 percent of the people that voted supported in favor of it, which is pretty tremendous, you know that’s exciting that the community supports our schools at ...

District wide facility improvements

Facilities manager Tom Bravo explains the new updates to Park April 18 during a community meeting.

Marta Hill and Katie Hardie

April 20, 2018

Superintendent Astein Osei and Facilities Manager Tom Bravo gave a short presentation and answered community questions April 18 at the high school cafeteria. According to SLP Schools, residents had the opportunity to get a first look at the plans for facility improvements which will take place over the next sev...

Art Tech plans renovations and reconfigurations

Freshmen Anton Lyme works on his final project for Graphic Design on Jan. 16. Media Arts is one of several art tech classes Paulson teaches.

Emma Kempf and Maddie Lund

January 24, 2018

Head of the Art Technology department Trevor Paulson said he plans to take advantage of the referendum to create new Art Tech spaces and bring about improvements in the department. “We are still trying to acquire a couple other tools and equipment,” Paulson said. “Part of the goal with cre...

District prepares for extensive updates

Superintendent Astein Osei speaks in front of school board members Sept. 25. Osei spoke about the $100.9 million referendum and other topics relating to the Park school district.

Mimi Fhima

November 9, 2017

After 18 out of 19 precincts reported in on election night Nov. 7, District Superintendent Astein Osei said he felt a feeling of immense gratitude toward Park community members. According to the school district, the operating levy was approved for renewal 85-15 percent and the referendum was passed 81-19 percent. The opera...

New referendum approved in election

Park residents voted at various locations around Park, including the High School on Nov. 7. Tuesday's voting will elect the new city council and school board members as well as decide the status of the referendum.

Atticus Raasch

November 8, 2017

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, both the new and old referendums passed by a large margin following the Nov. 7 voting day. With 19 of 19 precincts reporting in, the current numbers show the existing referendum was renewed with 6609 Yes to 1166 No votes, according to the Office of...

Referendum to update school, other district facilities

Referendum to update school, other district facilities

Claire Kaiserman and Atticus Raasch

November 1, 2017

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, two different referendums will attempt to pass on Nov. 6. Osei said that each referendum will address different needs throughout the school district. “We currently have an operating levy in place that’s set to expire,” Osei said. “There is no addition...

New policy locks lunchroom doors

Lunch doors locked after school

Emma Yarger

October 27, 2017

Wanting a calm space to study, junior Anthony David said he was irritated to find the lunchroom doors locked after school. According to David, the lunchroom provides a safe, quiet area for students to hang out if they are not in afterschool activities. “It’s kind of annoying (that the lunchr...

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