4/21/2018 11:14:00 AM Master Class Schedule shared with Northland Board
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen
The Northland School Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Principal Clayton Lindner shared the preliminary master schedule for classes for the 2018-2019 school year. Lindner stated that some classes were still trying to be rearranged due to a large number of students. It was noted that with over 30 students going into the 7th grade most 7th grade classes were being split into two periods.
Lindner also shared with the board that there will be a six-day rotation for PE, Music and Art in grades 2 - 6 next year. This year there was some concern from parents that their children were not getting enough Art class and felt that that was just as important as the other electives. Grades K - 1 will still do a split rotation of 25 minutes PE and 25 minutes of Art and Music every other day.
One question from the board was when the Elementary Staff schedule was expected to be finalized. Lindner stated that once they get final numbers of possible Pre-K and Kindergartners in, then they can figure out what new staff will be needed and arrange the current staff to fit the class sizes.
During the audience recognition and comment portion of the meeting Raina Boucher expressed concern on the consent item to rescind District Policy #527 - Parent Conferences. Boucher felt that that was something very important and sould be left in the policy manual. Jenny Francis stated that the Policy Committee was taking that out because they felt that that was a given and didn't need to be put in writing. Marc Ruyak motioned to remove that item from the consent items and later motioned to have the Policy Committe rereview their decision.
Northland student, Cameron Wake also spoke to the board on considering co-oping with Hill City next year for Boys and Girls Basketball. Wake stated that he is part of the current co-op's for football and baseball and stated that if they were to move forward with co-oping for basketball it would allow both schools to have an A squad, B squad and C squad. It would also allow for better practices, because now they have to have coaches fill in as a player to scrimmage.
In other Board action:
Received a building update from Nate Henrickson, with FJJ, stating that they are down to approximately 16 items on the punch list. They are still working on the dishwasher in the kitchen and with warmer weather approaching they will be able to start looking at some of the exterior issues.
Rescinded the hire of Nate Sharp as Assistant Softball Coach and approved hiring Sharp as Junior High Softball Coach for the 2018-19 season.
Approved the hire of Alyssa Bertram as Para Professional.
Approved the Maertens scholarship and accepted the funds from Irene and Josep Maertens. This scholarship will be on-going and will be awared to three students. One will be in the amount of $5000 and two in the amount of $2500 each. The board expressed there gratitude for this generous contribution.
The board has scheduled the following meetings: a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3; a policy committee meeting, May 8 at 10 a.m. and the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, all meetings held at Northland High School.