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Chatfield’s Early Education system is a succesful program


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

School board members of the Chatfield district met on Tuesday, February 19 to discuss a variety of topics, but one that attracted a lot of attention was Chatfield’s Kindergarten and early education program. Superintendent Ed Harris and school board treasurer Mike Tuohy both recently attended a meeting in which state legislators were in attendance. Superintendent Harris even delivered a presentation to the attending audience. Tuohy commented that he felt Chatfield’s early education system “is one of the best in the state.” On March 8 state legislators Karla Nelson and Jeremy Miller will be visiting Chatfield Elementary School to view Chatfield’s early education programs and collect information how the district runs such a successful program. Although it is uncertain whether or not Minnesota’s state budget will include provisions to fund early education more heavily, school districts across the state will be watching very closely for when the final budget is approved.

Other business discussed at the meeting included the school district’s calendar for the next year. Superintendent Harris and school administrators have been drafting a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. One proposal would be longer breaks throughout the year, but this would mean the school year would end in June. Of the teachers and parents surveyed so far, feedback pointed to keeping the current calendar structure, which would mean students would be released at the usual time at the end of May.

However, a more pressing calendar change was made for the coming week for the school district. As avid local sports fans are surely well aware, Chatfield’s wrestling team has made it to the state level in the wrestling tournaments this year. Due to community and school support, the board has granted that classes will be cancelled on February 28. As the district has already had four snow days already this year, there was some concern over this decision. However, the board felt that it was in the district and community’s best interest to show school support.

Before concluding, the board announced that the next school board meeting will be March 18. Other special dates to note are an early dismissal on March 27 at 1:00 P.M. for staff development and spring break which will take place March 28 to April 1.

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