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Mabel-Canton approves funding for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on May 21, 2013 at 7 pm. All members were present except for Dave Swenson and Jeff Nolte.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Superintendant Michael Moriarty made several additions to the agenda. Consent agenda items including the minutes from the April 16 meeting and the monthly bills were reviewed and approved.

Mr. Moriarty stated that the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, or PBIS, endeavor started out three years ago using staff development funds and a small grant which is almost used up. He asked the board to approve $1000 in the budget next year to be used for PBIS as it has been an asset to both the students and the teachers. A motion was made in favor of the money being used for PBIS and carried.

It was recommended that teachers Jordan Nelson and Lauren Lund be moved from 2nd to 3rd year continuing contract status. A motion was made to move them to 3rd year probationary status and carried. A motion was made and carried to put the 9/10 month employees on summer leave. The board approved the hiring of Tyler Augedahl who will either work as an elementary teacher or in a Title 1 position. The board also approved a motion for Barb Eiken to be hired for the reading corp.

The board approved the school’s continued membership in the MSHSL or Minnesota State High School League.

The budget for the 2013-14 school year was reviewed. Mr. Moriarty pointed out that most expenses were comparable to the previous year’s and so no big changes will be made in the coming year. He stated that at the last Technical Committee meeting he attended, plans were made to purchase several ipads for use in the first grade and kindergartern classes and Title 1. Three or four classrooms in the school still do not have smart boards and the school hopes to purchase those soon.

The school was able to acquire enough access points in every room, since it is necessary with many wireless devices. These access points were purchased from a local college.

The school will be replacing the side backboards in the gym and will post the old ones for sale.

Board member Jane Hall questioned whether the school would keep student-used laptops in the school or if students would be allowed to take them home. Mr. Moriarty pointed out that because having laptops for student use is so new, that it’s hard to determine an appropriate policy at this point. As of now, the school has no plans to let the students take the laptops home with them, but this will more than likely change in the near future. A discussion about carrying cases to protect the laptops and software to keep students from visiting inappropriate websites took place, but no action was taken at this time.

Mr. Moriarty stated that the legislature had approved a 1.5 percent increase in basic aid this year and an additional 1.5 percent the following year.

All Mabel-Canton High School seniors are on track to graduate this year. Chris Hanson and Troy Soiney agreed to hand out diplomas at the graduation ceremony.

In Principal Jeff Nolte’s absence, Mr. Moriarty reviewed the results of the Ames Wells growth measurement testing which is done 3 times a year. Most grades were above the target scores with only one group of children coming in slightly under target. Mr. Moriarty was pleased with the results.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held June 18, 2013 at 7:00pm.

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