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December 13, 2018

3/19/2018 12:29:00 PM
Student behavior data shared with Northland Board
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen

The Northland School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville. Principal Clayton Lindner presented behavior data to the board members. Out of 188 elementary students only nine have received two to four referrals, while five have received five or more referrals. The largest reason for referrals is due to defiance/non-compliance, with physical aggression, disruption, physical intimidation and misuse of property rounding out the top five reasons for referrals.

The numbers for high school students are 13 students out of 127 have received two to four referrals and seven have received five or more referrals. The top reasons for referrals for high school students are defiance/non-compliance, disruption, attendance and technology violations. Lindner stated that new procedures have been put in place this year in order to reduce referrals and help the students be more productive.

The board was also given a report on special education services from Jackie Skelly, Special Education Director with Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) Special Education Coop informing them of the services that are provided with IASC. Skelly discussed the number of special education students attending Northland, the type of support offered to the students and staff and the type of training offered to the staff.

Superintendent John McDonald gave a report on attending the Bridges Career Exploration Day at Central Lakes College. McDonald, Lindner and Scott Peterson all attended this very informative event. This is Minnesota's largest hands-on career exploration day where students can experience over 200 career options. The purpose of attending was to research the possibility of have the sophomore class attend this next year. McDonald felt that this would be a good opportunity for those students to see what all the different options there are available and help them in deciding a career path. Attending this as a sophomore would then help them focus their junior and senior years in taking classes that would move them towards that field.

In other Board action:

• Received a building update from Aaron Kriens stating that the Kitchen equipment has arrived, the lockers in the ECFE were installed and they are down from 40+ items to 21 items on the punch list.

• Approved the hire of Nate Sharp as Assistant Softball Coach for the 2018-19 season.

• Approved the posting of the Early Childhood Teacher position for 2018-19 school year.

• Discussed items to bring up in the work session, with them being a volunteer for Softball and discussing a letter received from the Longville Park Board seeking donations.

The board has scheduled the following meetings: a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 5; a policy committee meeting,Apr. 10 at 10 a.m. and the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 19, all meetings held at Northland High School.

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