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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, they have been discussing ways to offer math and English classes all year instead of for one semester. Right now, the seventh and eighth graders have math and English on alternate days throughout the entire school year. The issue is to see if it can be done while keeping the same teacher FTE hours.

Olsted mentioned one possibility of having alternate days on all classes, so the classes one would have first semester would be on even days, and second semester on odd days, or vice versa. There is always the possibility of going back to a seven- or eight-period day.

Board member Emily Ellis said the scheduling committee is looking at keeping the longer period of class time that comes with a four-period day, as that is what the students and teachers prefer. Classes last 75 minutes, and this can be a plus for science labs, and other classes as well.

Deb Ristau asked if it was absolutely necessary to keep the four-period day. She said she has nothing against it, but she knows it’s not perfect, and she would like to see math and English be all year.

Ellis said they have gone over every possibility.

The board approved having the committee pursue the options.

Technology committee

Superintendent Richard Keith spoke on behalf of the technology committee and their recent meeting. The committee discussed policies and what purchases to make in the near future. They also discussed many options when it comes to providing electronic notebooks for high school students, including the possibility of allowing the student to pay a damage deposit to keep it with them at all times, having students use it at school only, or having a lease program which will allow to the student to keep the notebook at the end of a certain period of time.

Keith also mentioned that e-textbooks are becoming more and more commonplace in schools. “There are current textbook companies that are producing books, but also electronic versions of those books, for the same price generally,” he said.

The electronic versions of textbooks are more like software than actual books, he explained, with more interactive activities and programs to go along with the lessons.

Keith said they would like to get notebooks purchased this spring so they can be given out to students in the fall.

New hires

The board approved the hire of Tim Ostrom for B-squad softball coach. They also approved the hire of Chelsey Johnson for day care aide. Cody Hendrickson and Brooke Ruesink will both be Summer Rec. co-directors.

Other Business

The board approved posting for extended school year positions for one K-12 special education teacher, two paraprofessionals, one ECSE (Early Childhood Special Ed.) teacher, and one speech teacher. They will be working the weeks of July 29-August 2 and August 12-16.

The board also approved the following items:

•An open enrollment request from a student in the Mabel-Canton district

•The proposed school calendar for 2013-2014 with a few changes in early dismissal days

•Student teaching training agreements with Rochester Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Luther College

•Homebound instruction for a student

•A request to begin the negotiations process with the teacher’s union for the next contract

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12:32:56, Apr 3rd 2013

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