, from Target, has decided to much of the money to renovate its playground.
On Thursday, the school's site council unanimously approved a plan to use $80,000 of the grant money for the school's playground. School officials also called for the creation of a six-member committee to determine how to use the remaining $20,000 to support a student learning initiative. The committee will meet in the coming weeks to establish guidelines for spending the money, identify financial needs and finalize the plan.
Student input will play a large role in the renovation of the playground, according to information released by Deerwood Elementary Principal Miles Haugen.A playground committee will also be established to develop a specific plan for renovations, Haugen wrote in an email to Eagan Patch.
School officials plan to receive bids from at least three playground companies and vote on a final plan by mid-late March, and would likely complete the project by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Once the designs for the playground are complete in March, the school plans to hold an all-school celebration.