9/25/2017 3:15:00 PM Class Sizes top Discussion at Northland Board Meeting
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen
During the regular school board meeting held Thursday Principal Clayton Lindner discussed how the beginning of school went with both staff and students being excited to start back in a new building. He stated that there will need to be some adjustments made, but overall things went great.
Superintendent John McDonald informed the board that enrollment has increased from last year by 21 students. K - 6th has increased by 7 and 7th - 12th has increased by 14. It was also brought to the boards attention that the kindergarten class is considerably larger than expected. It was expected to have enrollment be in the middle 20s, but on the first day of school there were a total of 32 kindergartner's attending. McDonald gave a recommendation that with these numbers the district divide the kindergarten class into two sections. He commends Jill Myers for doing an excellent job in teaching that size of class. Carol Procopio, as President of Northland Remer Education Minnesota (NREM) stated to the board that class sizes for K - 3rd grades are recommened to be a 17:1 ratio.
Principal Lindner also recommended splitting the kindergarten class into two sections with the current Pre-K teacher changing positions to become the other kindergarten teacher. Lindner then recommended that they post for hiring a new Pre-K teacher and a para professional to assist either the kindergarten or Pre-K class. The board motioned and all approved to move forward with this plan of action.
In other action, the board:
Recognition and thanks were given to Lori Sizenbach for all the hard work she did in getting the technical devices set up in the new building, and to Leah Monroe for all her assistance in helping families enroll the incoming kindergartners. Also, audience speakers thanked all the staff and families for their hard work and patience these past few weeks.
Aaron Kriens, Foster, Jacobs and Johnson (FJJ) gave an update on construction. Main concern and discussion with workers right now is the safety of the children with school back in session. It has been discussed with the workers that they are not to enter the building between the hours of 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. so they are not interfering with the daily routine of staff and students. Inspections of locker rooms and the ECFE building took place on Sept. 22.
Recind the hiring of Marci Holm as kitchen helper.
Approve the hiring of Cynthia Martin as kitchen helper, Paul Ritter as custodian and Sara Smith as para professional.
Accepted the retirement of Wayne Pruszinske as custodian.
Accepted the resignation of Cassandra Heinle as para professional.
Set the date for the Truth in Taxation meeting to be held on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Telepresence Room at Northland High School. During this meeting the budget and levy wil be discussed that the public will be allowed to speak.
The board has scheduled the following meetings: a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5; a policy committee meeting, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m., and a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, all meetings held at Northland High School.