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Lafayette Charter School to close its doors

by Doug Hanson The staff and parents of the Lafayette Charter received a notice last week that the school will be closing it doors prior to the start of this fall school year. Summer school which is in session now will continue until the end of July. An official news release from the School Board stated, The Lafayette Public Charter School is announcing its permanent closing as a result of ongoing staffing issues. The school, located in Lafayette, Minnesota, has cancelled the opening of its 2022-23 school year, after it was unable to hire the necessary complement of teachers for the upcoming year. Parents and guardians of the school’s students and the remaining staff have been notified of the decision by the LCS Board of Directors. LCS is in the process of aiding parents and guardians in finding new schools for its students, as well as preparing to forward student transcripts and school records to students’ new educational institutions, and lists of local schools are being forwarded… …Questions or concerns regarding the LCS closing should be directed to lcsoffice@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us The school opened its door in September of 1999 with classes in Lafayette and at the Hutterite Colony northeast of Gibbon. There were 35 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The news release stated that the school was founded as an alternative to local public and private schools. This past year there were approximately 65 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Lafayette. The school’s facebook page listed 14 staff members including eight teachers.

Lafayette City Council continues it push to clean up blight areas

by Doug Hanson After the Lafayette City Council toured the community last month, the Council was somewhat pleased with the reduction of blight areas. But they were also faced with several areas that need attention as soon as possible. City Clerk Sandy Berger sent out 30 letters to property owners the end of June. That letter gave residents 30 days to clean up the property. At the Council meeting June 11, it was stated that nine properties still needed to be improved. The property that drew the most discussion was at 691 Lafayette Avenue. A registered letter was sent to that owner. Residents from the community were on hand to push the city for faster results. During the past year the City had passed an ordinance that would allow it to send a crew onto the property to clean it up and then charge the owners for the work. If the owner didn’t pay, the expense would be added onto the property tax. Councilman Dave Reed stated that the Council had to wait for this second 30 day period to pass before it could clean up a property. Councilman Tom Polich asked Berger to have the details of which contractor would be used if the City had to clean up a property, so the Council could take action at the next meeting. In other business Councilman Curt Tauer asked about the 2002 Chevrolet truck that the City recently replaced. He stated that the City should sell the truck while it was still worth something. Public Works Director Al Fox stated that the truck didn’t owe the city anything and he felt it made sense to keep driving it. The Council asked Fox to check to see how much the 2002 truck was worth. The Council also discussed the revised personnel policy, a possible rental fee for the use of the band stand by other groups, passed a permit for fencing from Nicole Frerderickson, and discussed the filling of private swimming pools by the Lafayette Fire Department.

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