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Chatfield School Board approves programs for 2012-2013


Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

At the Chatfield School Board’s March 19 meeting several items pertaining to the 2012-2013 school year were approved. Greg LaPlante was absent.

The administrative plan for Action 100 Book Challenge was approved. Superintendent Ed Harris said the program is just what we need and this will continue the plan. Chairman Jerry Chase remarked, “What a great program.” The program is expected to help instill a culture of reading. The curriculum and staffing for the program will be implemented in the 2012-2013 school year for preK through sixth grade.

The school board heard details about the program at their February 21 meeting. It is a systematic approach to foster independent reading.

An Administrative Appeal Procedure was approved. Harris said it isn’t a policy, but a guide to help direct people with concerns or issues on where to go and how to get those issues addressed.

A District Academic Acceleration Procedure was approved. This again is not a policy but a procedure to look at a request and the practicality of advancing a particularly gifted or talented student.

The subscription and staffing for Odysseyware for the 2012-2013 school year was approved for grades nine through twelve.

The 2012-2013 calendar was also approved. Harris said they had conducted a survey and 65 percent of respondents wanted to continue have graduation on a Sunday. There will be 175 student days and the last day for students in 2013 will be May 31.

Other Business In Brief

•Harris noted that the state budget is more positive than expected, which is great news. He said the district will not get any new money, but the withholding will be less than in the past.

•A short video was shown as an example of a media production program. The video was produced for “I Love to Read Month” which was February. Harris added they need to continue to focus on literacy.

•Elementary principal Craig Ihrke said he was pleased overall with the recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) testing math scores. He was happy with the progress being made. Ihrke said he encouraged students that already met or exceeded requirements to take the test again to earn an even better score.

•Weatherman Randy Brock, KTTC, met with the fourth graders. Ihrke commented that he was fantastic with the kids.

•Sixth grader Bennett Gathje and ninth graders Levi Roline and Jared Goldsmith were honored at the regional science fair and will advance to state competition.

•High School principal Randy Paulson recognized Robert Hurley who recently passed away as a friend to the community and a teacher for 38 years.

•Pennies for Patients raised $550 for children suffering with Leukemia.

•April 5-6 is spring break. The next regular school board meeting will be on April 16. There will be an early dismissal at 1:00 p.m. on April 20.

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