3/15/2019 1:58:00 PM Northland School Board Fills Board Seat Vacancy
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen
The Northland School Board met Monday, March 11 at Northland High School, Remer, for the regular monthly meeting.
The evening began with the Northland special education (SPED) staff addressing the board with concerns of potential upcoming insufficient staff for the special education students due to a resignation effective June 2019. Currently the board is reviewing the 2019 - 2020 budget and staff needs. The SPED staff presented the board with a letter that stated their concerns and gave some examples of why they didn't feel that a reduction of their staff would be feasible.
Board members interviewed Tammy Walsh from Outing for the interim school board vacancy, which was unfilled during the last election cycle. Walsh stated during the interview that she is a mother of two young children and would like to be involved in the district that her children will be attending.
Principal Mary Yakibchuk presented a Multi Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) model she has been working on implementing over the next few years. This model addresses the structure for support at the three tier levels in behavior, English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Yakibuchuk informed the board that she is trying to utilize the social workers time more effectively by setting aside blocks of time called WIN (What I Need) time for the children in Kindergarten through Sixth grade and making AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutors available for grades seventh through twelfth.
During the assistant principal report, Jon Payne recognized the substitute teachers and their hard work and willingness to step in at a moments notice. Payne also acknowledged Kevin Murphy for all the outdoor opportunities he has brought into the classroom, Raina Boucher for having her class write letters to soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays and Mike Horn and Murphy for the dedication that they put in helping the ninth and sixth grade classes with their history day projects, which have Alynza Welk and Kayleigh Horn advancing to the state competition in May and Addison Johnson and Landon White earning honorable mention at the regional competition earlier this month.
In other Board action:
Heard a report from Superintendent John McDonald on the voluntary Prekindergarten funding; information on training for school board members; an update on the school facilities and opportunities that will be offered due to the Acheivement and Integration Grant.
Approved the hire of Rederick Knight as bus driver, effective February 1, 2019 and the hire of Krystal Murphy as assistant softball coach for the 2019 season.
Accepted the resignation of Stacey Wake as assistant volleyball coach, with regrets, effective immediately and the resignation of Brittany Barutt, teacher at Little Sand, effective June 6, 2019.
The board has scheduled the following meetings: a special board meeting, Monday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m.; the policy committee on April 9 at 10 a.m. and the regular board meeting, Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m., all meetings are held at Northland High School.