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Superintendent Harris addresses school safety


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

As Christmas Break quickly approaches for most school districts, the Chatfield School Board met on Monday, December 17 to wrap up the business for 2012. Because it was the December meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing occurred during this regular meeting. Superintendent Ed Harris gave an in-depth presentation highlighting the minimal changes in the 2013 proposed budget. Later in the meeting the board members approved the final levy payable for 2013 at $2,197,736.85. Harris noted that this is virtually the same as last year with only a 0.32% percent increase.

From the elementary school, Principal Craig Ihrke wished to remind parents to make sure that their children are dressed appropriately for winter weather. High School Principal Randy Paulson reiterated this to make sure high school students are dressed appropriately for winter as well in the event of a bus breakdown or similar situation. Also from the elementary school, both Principal Ihrke and Elissa Johnsrud gave an update on the reading program that students are participating in this year. Progress has been steady, and students are accelerating at adequate rates with a clear majority of students at their proficient reading level or beyond. Johnsrud stated that teachers meet every other week for collaboration on helping any struggling students, but they also come up with ways to keep quickly progressing students challenged.

Superintendent Harris gave his monthly address to the board beginning with a topic that is clearly on the minds of many—school safety. Harris explained that parents may struggle to talk to their children about school safety, so the district has put information on the district website and on the district’s Facebook page. The superintendent explained that Chatfield Public Schools has bimonthly meetings for administrators focused on school security, and there is even one scheduled for Wednesday, December 19. Harris stated, “We think we’ve got a really good handle on security.”

Before concluding the meeting Board Chair Jerry Chase, Clerk Greg LaPlante, and Treasurer Mike Tuohy were administered the Oath of Office after being re-elected in November. They will each serve another four years. With the adjournment it was announced that the next board meeting will be January 22, 2013, which is a change due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were pre ..... 
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Red Ribbon Week promoted in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield students MaKayla and Mariah Pederson promoted this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol at the council’s October 8 meeting. Red Ribbon Week is to be October 23-31 in Chatfield. The na ..... 
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Chatfield school year off to a good start

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

With another school year back in session, Chatfield School Board members met on September 17 to see how students are approaching the new academic year. Both Principals Craig Ihrke and Randy Paulson were present to give insight. Irhke and Paulson ha ..... 
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Chatfield ready for new school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for the last meeting before the start of a new school year on August 20, 2012. A wide variety of information was passed on from school administrators to the board about the academic year that will begin in September. ..... 
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Chatfield discusses possibility of fifth kindergarten teacher

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for the regular monthly meeting in the high school library. There were a few issues discussed that will affect the coming school year and the district’s future. One of the items of di ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses literacy plan

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members met on Tuesday, May 22 for the final meeting before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year. Items on the meeting agenda included several alterations in the district’s staffing and the approval of the newly initi ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses Action 100

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

Chatfield School Board members had a busy night on April 16 as the group met for its regular monthly meeting. A main focus during the meeting was discussion on reading curriculum instructional development as new initiatives are being formulated for ..... 
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