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Lanesboro School Board hears about successful Spanish trip


Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

Spanish teacher Chris Knutson briefed the Lanesboro School Board at their February 19 meeting on the recent Spanish trip to Southwest Texas. Knutson and teacher Dave Rogers chaperoned the trip.

Thirty eight Sophomore and Junior students left on January 26 for eight days in the Brownsville area, with stops in Dallas, San Antonio, Laredo and Oklahoma City. The trip, which costs $1000 per student, was paid in part through fundraising activities.

Knutson characterized the trip as both an educational and cultural experience. She said that a stop in Dallas to participate in a JFK assassination re-enactment and a visit to the Oklahoma City memorial were particularly beneficial.

"The students were respectful, prompt and responsible," Knutson said.

Students were able to watch a press conference at the mayor's office in Laredo. One Lanesboro student was interviewed for the Spanish TV channel and two students were interviewed on an English speaking station.

The students spent one day in Mexico.

The board discussed the need to provide fundraising opportunities for future trips given the cost of the Spanish trip.

Counseling

High School principal, Brett Clarke, briefed the board on recent activities using the Counseling Grant software. The program allows students to explore careers and visit college sites.

"Seventy percent of our high school seniors have been accepted in a 2 or 4-year post-secondary program at this time," Clarke told the board.

Clarke said that the program has been beneficial for juniors and seniors, but feels they need to do more with younger students. He said he would also like to see more parent involvement.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said that the software is "overwhelming and that we will get better using it over time."

"We have made excellent progress," Boggs said.

Clarke said that a second component of the counseling program is the Positive Behavior Intervention Support, where teachers create situations where 80-percent of students are successful. He said an additional 5-percent of students need a lot of help, while another 10-percent need minor encouragement. Clarke said that staff has undergone training in PBIS.

Transportation

Boggs told the board that he and Transportation Director Eric Overland have been reviewing the bus situation and are recommending that the district purchase a new bus in 2010. Boggs said that the district has 11 busses, 9 which are used on routes and 2 which are activity busses. By trading in a 1996 bus, Boggs believes that the school won't need to purchase another bus for five years. He estimates that each bus will last 15 years or 200,000 miles. He estimated the cost of a new bus between $72,000 and $75,000. The board authorized Boggs to make the purchase.

The next meeting will be on March 19 at 6:00 p.m.

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