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Lanesboro School Board approves handbooks

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board heard from high school Principal Brett Clarke and approved three handbooks at their regular meeting on August 16.

The first handbook was the Student Handbook. Clarke said the only change made was the semester test policy. Previously the policy read that a student can miss three days per semester with exceptions, and can still choose whether or not to take the semester tests, as long as they are getting an A or a B. The new recommendation was to change it to five days per semester with no exceptions. It was felt it would be easier to enforce if there were no exceptions.

Board member Lolly Melander said the only concern she had was her daughter, who has orthodontic appointments, and they try to miss as little school as possible. Clarke explained that it will be 40 school hours per semester they can miss before they are not allowed to skip the end of the semester tests.

Vacations are still excused absences, explained Superintendent Jeff Boggs, but they will not be exempt from the semester test policy.

The second handbook was about the computers that each student in grades 9-12 will be receiving the first couple of days of school. Clarke said forms will be going home for parents to read and sign regarding the notebooks. He mentioned that accidental damage is part of the cost of these computers, but abuse and misuse are not covered. He believes the students will take good care of them, especially the first year.

The hope is to work toward reducing the number of textbooks the school will have to purchase, as they will be able to use interactive programs in place of the actual books. The computers are protected from having too many programs downloaded. The handbook was approved.

The third handbook approved was for the online school program. There are several courses being offered to students who want to take one or all of their high school classes online. It is mainly geared toward 9-12 graders. There will be a limit of 50 students total the first year of this program.

Fall sports coaching contracts were approved. For football, James Semmen is the head coach, and Cody Hungerholt and Ethan Simonson are assistant coaches. Brett Clarke and Kelly McMillan are coaching Junior High football.

Bobbie Vickerman will be the head volleyball coach, and Darla Taylor the assistant coach. Gina Klennert will be coaching junior high volleyball, and Ellen Cullen will be coaching cross country.

The Truth and Taxation hearing will be held at the same time as the regular meeting on December 20 at 7pm.

A staff lunch is being held at the golf course on August 28.

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