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March 21, 2019

2/22/2019 10:37:00 AM
North Branch School Board briefs...

The February 14 North Branch school board meeting was short and sweet  considering it was Valentine’s Day; which Board Chair Kirby Ekstrom said he was sure everybody would rather be spending with loved ones.  

The Board heard about new educational methods used in the Middle School for math. Principal Todd Tetzlaff showed a couple videos of in-class curriculum and explained that the learning process is most important, and students must demonstrate they know how to find the answer.  Students were instructing fellow students on lessons.  

The North Branch middle schoolers also do their own parent-teacher conferences.  “Student led” sessions are in grades 7 and 8.  Grade 5 and 6 students participate in more traditional parent-teacher conference format at the start of the year, and the second set of conferences are then led by the student.  Tetzlaff said feedback on student led conferences is that it’s very well-received.

In a number of language revisions updating district policies--

~the Board adopted language forbidding access to any and all devices when a student is taking a test, including fitness trackers or Apple watches, which can be used to give an unfair advantage.  “The test of a student who wears a device during testing must be invalidated,” the policy now states.

~under transportation policy the student had received a total of four chances to correct misconduct and now gets five plus a warning.  The first offense results in a mailed warning to parent or guardian.  There are four referrals with 3 or 5, 10 and 20 day riding suspensions and remainder of the year. suspensions are the final option.

The North Branch Board holds a public hearing March 7 at 5:30 p.m. to hear suggestions from the citizens on upcoming budget cuts.  The public meeting is at the regular meeting room in the education center (the old primary school building) The Board plans to make reductions to the operations budget immediately following the hearing. (See story in Press Jan. 31.)

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