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Notes From the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

Where did the summer go? It seems like I just finished the last newsletter of the 2013-2014 school year and here we are ready to start the 2014-2015 school year. I hope this first letter finds everyone having an enjoyable summer and ready for the school year to begin. The first day of school will be on Wednesday, August 27th. I am looking forward to the year to begin.

The district held a referendum vote to expand our current 3-12 building to a PK-12 building on Tuesday, August 12th. The referendum required a 60% yes vote to pass. There were 644 voters. Of these votes, there were 374 yes votes and 270 no votes. The results came to 58%. This means the referendum failed. The district has not decided on how to move forward. At this time, I want to focus on getting our school year off to a good start. There will be meetings in the future to plan our next steps. I would like to thank everyone who voted and attended our informational meetings.

Enclosed in this newsletter, you will find the prices for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast prices for the 2014-2015 school year have remained the same for elementary and Jr./Sr. High. The lunch prices have been increased by .10 cents for elementary and .10 cents for Jr./Sr. High. The district will again offer a discount for those who pay for a full or half year in advance. Please be sure to look over this information. I would also encourage families to apply for free or reduced meals. The percentage of students on free and reduced meals is very instrumental in the federal dollars our district receives and grants our district can apply for. The application is included in the packet and can also be found on the main page of the school website. If you have any questions regarding this application please contact the school. I have mailed information regarding our districts Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. This past year, the District, Elementary School, and Secondary School did not make AYP. This is the fourth consecutive year the District and Secondary School did not make AYP. This is the third consecutive year the Elementary School did not make AYP. Therefore, both entities have been placed on Program Improvement. Because the secondary and elementary did not make AYP this past year, Supplemental Education Services will need to be offered to eligible students. If your child is eligible you will be receiving a letter on how your child may participate. The district will strive on improving our scores for the upcoming school year. The information mailed earlier will go into more detail. There will be a parent meeting on September 29, 2014 at 7:30 in the James Holwell Auditorium to review the APY reports. Information regarding the School District Profile is also enclosed in the this newsletter. If you have any questions regarding AYP or the School District Profile, please contact me at the school.

Power School will be available for parents to use to check your child’s grades online and their attendance. Power School can be accessed by going to the school website at www.bottineau.k12.nd.us As a parent, you were given a web ID and password to access your child’s information. This will remain the same for this school year. Homework Now will also be used to see your child’s assignments and is a great tool to use for homework assignments when they are out of school. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy what is left of your summer.