FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Airplanes on a runway beyond the outfield fence weren’t the only things taking off Thursday afternoon at Fenway Fields — plenty of softballs off the bats of Forest Lake players were airborne as well.
I was as nervous as any other student going to “Seinfeld High,” the nickname some have given to Central this year as it is filled with students from both Central and Denfeld high schools. Students from both schools have been told by administrators that this academic year will bring about a new wealth of social, educational and personal opportunities from which everyone — students and staff — will benefit.
Duluth’s Leo Oliver heard of the decision and immediately was alarmed. The football team and other sports teams from Central High School are to play this year under the name Central Trojans. But, as Oliver and just about everyone else around here knows, about half the student body at Central is made up of Denfeld kids because their school is under reconstruction. Next year, that student body, nearly 1,500 students strong, will move permanently from Central into Denfeld, and Central will be closed.
With neighboring Denfeld High School closed for the school year, Diane Andresen was dumbfounded last week to receive a notice from the city that it was time to purchase permits so she could park on the street outside her home.
The Duluth School Board is considering a one-year position to minimize conflict between Denfeld and Central high school students next year, and former Duluth Police Chief Roger Waller is on tap for the job.
The changes, resulting from a series of revisions to the $296 million long-range building plan, will allow the district to shuffle money, scrapping some new buildings while throwing more money toward unexpected costs contained in other projects.
A Denfeld High School graduate and 2010-11 UMD hockey recruit was arrested early Tuesday on domestic assault charges after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in her College of St. Scholastica dorm room.
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