Tuesday, January 31, 2012

USD 383 Board of Education

Jan. 18, 2012
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

The board was presented with the redistricting committee's recommendation for redrawing school boundary lines. Approximately 375 students, which is about 11-12% of the elementary student population, will be changing schools. Pete Paukstelis wanted to know if 5th and 7th grade students could be "grandfathered" and not have to switch schools, and there was additional discussion that those students could be given priority to remain at their current schools one more year but with no guarantees. Two members of the public addressed the board and asked the board to consider special family situations and extenuating circumstances before requiring a student to switch schools. The board approved 7-0 on first reading the redistricting plan.

Terry McCarty, MHS principal, provided the board with information about creating an advisory period that would provide opportunities to develop relationships between students and faculty and to provide support for students. The advisory period would be 21 min. in length and would take place once every two weeks. The advisory period would have scheduled activities and would start during the 2012 spring semester. The board approved 7-0 to implement the program.

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