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April 16, 2021

3/19/2021 2:22:00 PM
Northland School Board: Board Approves Prom Activities
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen

The regular board meeting held Thurs., March 18 began by accepting $8,850 in donations for the Northland Trap team; $100 for the after-prom party and $2,500 for the Maerten Scholarship Fund.

Kaydence Weimer read a letter, prepared by the student prom committee, requesting permission to hold prom on May 8 and travel to Three Bears Waterpark in Brainerd for a post-prom party. During the presentation she shared the plans and schedule with the board and the COVID19 measures that are being followed to make sure everyone stays safe. Weimer said the evening will begin with the Grand March at 7 p.m., followed by the dance. At 11 p.m. students will board a bus and travel to Brainerd until 4 a.m. and should return to Remer at 5 a.m. for pick-up. Board chair Marc Ruyak asked if the prom activities would take place in Remer and it was stated that they would. The board unanimously approved allowing the students to hold prom and travel to Brainerd for the post-prom party.

The board also heard various departmental reports. Athletic director Max Torgerson shared that he is planning on changing the way the school looks by implementing "campus branding" with school logos in the staircase, concession stand and various offices. He also plans on sprucing up the school grounds as visitors enter the building.

Assistant Principal Jon Payne shared various celebrations with the board including that there are currently 87% of students enrolled attending as in-person learners. On a COVID-19 update, Payne mentioned that only four students and one staff are absent due to COVID related reasons. Also, approximately 60% of the staff has chosen to receive the COVID vaccine and the school is continuing to perform asymptomatic staff saliva testing every other Tuesday.

Principal Mary Yakibchuk gave various department updates in her report to the board. She mentioned with the recent resignation of a teacher and another staff on leave at Little Sand Learning Center the district has moved that group to distance learning. Yakibchuk also mentioned that good things are happening in the kitchen with good recipes and wonderful staff. Another topic highlighted was the plans for a 4-week summer program for all K-12 students. This program would be a skills review program for elementary students and a credit recovery and enrichment program for high school students where they could possibly earn one full credit.

In other Board action:

• Heard and approved the revised fiscal year 2021 budget and heard an update on the preliminary fiscal year 2022 budget.

• Approved participation in Minnesota State High School League Visual Arts program in 2021-22.

• Approved purchase of a batting cage for $20,000.

• Accepted resignation of Kelly Klein, Little Sand Learning Center teacher effective Feb. 26.

• Approved Traci Kasper as prom advisor for 2020-21.

• Approved the hire of Tichelle Pound, as paraprofessional for remaining school year effective March 22; Julie Erpelding, as payroll clerk effective April 5 and Marty Cummings, as 12 month custodian effective March 18.

• Approved the addition of two 1.0 full-time K-6 teaching positions for 2021-22.

• Renewed contracts for Renee Bettenberg, as health para and Amber Schuessler, as cleaner for 2021-22.

• Approved continuation of additional bus driver position using COVID-19 funds for 2021-22.

• Approved resolution relating to the termination and non-renewal of the teaching contract of Kimberly Miller, a probationary teacher.

The Board scheduled the following meetings: Certified Negotiations Meeting, Thurs., April 15, at 4:00 p.m.; the regular meeting, Thurs,. April 15 at 5:30 p.m. and a work session, Thurs., May 6 at 5:30 p.m. all meetings are held at Northland High School.

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