Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative Breaks Ground on New Facility
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (11/19/20)
Hawley, MN — At the same time that the Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative is trying to grow its footprint in the region, it’s also having to adapt to the changing times of the pandemic. Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative provides special education support and services to the students of their five member districts, which include Barnesville, Hawley, Lake Park-Audubon, Norman County East, and Ulen-Hitterdal. While they are currently limited on space working out of the Hawley School, LAEC recently broke ground on a $4.5 million dollar, 19,000 square foot facility located directly across from their current location, according to LAEC Director Scott Masten.
Unfortunately, the project has been delayed as concrete bids came in much higher than anticipated. They had hoped to have the building completed before the 2021-2022 school year, but now that timeline has been pushed back until February of 2022.
Of course, just like their five member districts, providing special needs students with their special education services has been a challenge, but Masten says everyone is stepping up and adjusting as needed.
Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative was developed in 1979 and currently employs 25 staff members. For more information, visit www.lagassiz.com or listen to the complete interview with Scott Masten below: