8/19/2022 1:10:00 PM North Branch School Board gets mechanics space update, survey ready
North Branch School Board members learned plans have changed since the announcement that engine mechanics instructional space would be created at the bus barn. Students were going to be able to use the transportation contractor 4.0 Student Services’ space, at the bus garage across the street from the high school. But, after meeting with local automotive repair professionals on how to go about retro-fitting an area appropriate for students, the cost became prohibitive, according to district staff.
The School Board heard last week the engine mechanics program is staying at the high school and a machining space will be shifted to make room for the engine classes.
In other business: the Board approved the survey for the district to use to guage strengths and where improvements can be pursued. The family satisfaction survey will be available during the pre-opening of school events or “welcome days’ and on-line. Superintendent Sara Paul said there are time periods during the open school visiting days when students are occupied with tasks and parents will have a couple minutes to take the survey.
Crown Global consulted on the project and will administer the survey process and compile data.
“I am excited to receive the feedback,” Supt. Paul added.
The price for adult meals was increased based on a mandate from the MN Department of Education. Finance Director Dr. Todd Tetzlaff said the state has directed districts to charge no less than $4.95, due to increasing food and labor costs. North Branch had been at $4.40. The other lunch and breakfast pricing is: student breakfast is $2, student lunch elementary is $3 and $3.20 for secondary grades. Milk is 70 cents. Adult breakfast is $2.60.
Also— free meals that were federally funded during the covid-19 school disruptions are going away.
Families are highly encouraged to apply for what used to be called the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, now Educational Benefits and Affordable Lunches, in order to continue to benefit from nutrition programs. Supt. Paul commented the district wants to make sure it’s doing all it can to make food available to those who need it.
Apply at your child’s school welcome day, which will be assisted by the Taher Dining food service staff, or see the www.isd138.org website. ** Among recent donations to the district officially acknowledged in Board action, the Fish Lake Lutheran Church Quilters were listed for giving several bags of personal care items for high school students in need.
Also, the Edelstein Foundation donation supporting scholarships for this year, was $71,000 (story on this fund topping one million dollars, Press June 16.)
And, Supt. Paul reported, because North Branch families made strong use of summer school options— the state awarded the district a grant of $50,000 for targeted funding.