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New schedule next year for Fillmore Central High School


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

By Jade Sexton

As of the 2013-2014 school year, students at Fillmore Central High School will be following an eight-period day instead of the four-period block schedule that has been in place for several years. This decision by the school board comes after much discussion, planning, and the desire to offer math and English courses to students year-round.

Principal Heath Olstad stated they had looked at many different options, one of which was to keep the four-period schedule but have classes be every other day all year long instead of a semester at a time. Currently, the seventh and eighth graders do that with English and math so they can get the instruction all year.

With an eight-period day, there will be six courses a day. Olstad explained they are still going to offer both band and choir daily for students, and make sure they have the option to be involved in both. He also mentioned the options of having some double-period classes, such as two sciences or two social studies classes. He referred to it as a “blended approach.”

For an eight-period day they will need to purchase about $8,000 in textbooks. The FTE for teachers will be almost the same, but they will need a half-time or less science teacher.

Community Ed. Report

Community Education Director Holly Kanengieter gave her annual report to the school board. She discussed ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) and the events they have had over the year, including the Father-Daughter Dance, the Mother-Son Sports Camp, and the Jack Pearson concert. There are currently 12 families in Preston and 10 families in Harmony that are involved in ECFE, and according to Kanengieter, the program continues to grow.

The SAC program (School Age Childcare) has grown also. Seven years ago when Kanengieter began working at Fillmore Central, there were 20 kids, and there are now 73 registered. Registration for the School Readiness Program, was sent out in February, and the 3/4 class is already full. The only openings left are in the afternoon 4/5 class.

The daycare is full as of right now.

The Summer Recreation program has also been very popular, and this is the second year with Preston and Harmony combined. Registrations are coming in for this summer.

Kanengieter also spoke about adult and youth enrichment programs, upcoming summer classes, and grants received for books.

1:1 Computer Plan

Superintendent Richard Keith asked for, and received the board’s approval of the 1:1 Computer Plan. He said the laptops for high school (9-12) students and the iPads for elementary students have arrived, and they will be distributed in the fall.

Families will have three options from which to choose. A student can pay a $45 damage waiver and take the laptop home. They can also pay a lease and be able to own the laptop when that is done. If a damage waiver is not paid, the laptop will stay at school. Information will be sent out to parents so the school can get a feel of what options they will be choosing. It’s possible there will be a parent meeting needed.

The school’s insurance will cover any damages, but there is a $500 deductible. Keith explained the money they get from damage waivers will be used to pay for deductibles if needed.

“I’m pretty happy about how it’s all coming together,” said Chairman Ross Kiehne. “We are really ready to go.”

Personnel

The resignation of Aaron Janssen for Head Boys Basketball coach and B-squad football coach was approved. The board also approved the resignation of Tom Siebenaler as Assistant Varsity football coach, Andrea Hellickson from the daycare, and Joe Stevens as Head Senior Advisor.

The board approved the hire of Extended School Year Staff: Connie Berg, ECSE teacher; Jolene Glasemen and Jill Miller, paraprofessionals; and Paul Birch, speech clinician. The board also approved the Summer rec staff, and Laura Vatland was hired for SAC.

Maternity leave for Tara Morem, special ed. paraprofessional, was approved.

An Occupational Therapy service contract with Stanley Jones Associates was also approved.

Spring Musical

The spring musical this year will be Grease, and according to director Jackie Whitacre, the royalties for it are $1,200. Normally royalties are around $300. She recommended they increase the admission fee from $3 a person. The price was set at $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Other Business

The Head Start lease was approved, with the change they will only be charged the $450 a month for ten months instead of 12 since they only use the room 10 months of the year.

The board approved the snow make-up days, and the last day of school will be a full day on May 21.

The board also approved the following items:

-An open enrollment request for a kindergarten student

-Sale of a shop saw that is not needed

-Membership in the MSHSL (Minnesota State High School League)

-A resolution placing support staff on seasonal leave

-Participation in the Student Assurance Services Program

-Title I summer school program

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