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Notes from the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

This fall has been a very busy one, we have many items in the works some of which I will touch on here.

By now I hope that all of you have had the opportunity to look at what is being presented for replacing Central School.  If you have not, go to the District website at http://www.bottineau.k12.nd.us/construction-project/.  Here you will find a couple schematics of what the proposed addition will look like as well as important upcoming dates but most importantly what is will cost.  The District has developed a tax calculator that will aid you in determining what impact it will have on your taxes.  Use the FULL AND TRUE valuation from your tax statement and enter that number into the formula, once you have done this the annual and monthly tax impact will be shown in the colored boxes.  This can be done for residential, commercial and agricultural properties.  Our next public meeting will be held in the Central School Gym on November 15th beginning at 6:15, with a building tour beginning at 5:00.

Jerry Migler, Dean of DCB, and myself started to make visits to area merchants.  We feel that we need to build partnerships within our community to gather input on how we are doing, what we can work on and how we can work together.  More meetings will be arranged soon and throughout the year. In this day and age safety is and always must be on the forefront of education.  In January 2018, the District applied to the REMS TA Center in Maryland asking for them to conduct safety training for our District.  Shortly after our request was received the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School occurred.  At this time the requests for training skyrocketed.  We were finally able to finalize out a training date which occurred on October 29th and was focused on Developing Emergency Operations Plans for K-12 school.  This is the first training of this type that has been done in the State of ND; because of this we invited area schools to participate as well as community responders.  Seven area schools participated as well as EMS, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Clergy and 911.  It was a very good training and I believe that we all now have a clearer vision for the direction of school safety planning, the next step is to develop a comprehensive plan that will keep students safe and provide a healthy learning environment.

Our Construction Trades program has been working on remodeling our school store, which will be re-opening soon. When you visit the school, take time to visit the store and give suggestions and input.

Again, I want to remind parents to encourage your students to dress appropriately for the weather, you never can determine when a bus or vehicle will break down.  With winter comes an additional challenge for schools, especially in the transportation department.  We will work our hardest to assure that buses run on schedule and on time, but as snow accumulates, roads require additional care when transporting students, so if that means slowing down which will push our pick-up times back a little please be patient and work with us.  Our goal is to get everyone’s child home safely.  When assessing winter transportation snow accumulation is of course a concern, but my priority for student safety is wind chills.  Drivers can determine if a road should or should not be attempted but they have no control over the wind and we all know that it can get brutal at times.  If wind chills get into the extremes it may be that the school will not run a morning pickup with buses, student’s attendance will be accounted for in these rare occasions.

We have some events occurring in November along with some school closures.  The first Parent/Teacher Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2017 from 3:30 – 9:30; I want to encourage all parents to take the time to visit with your child (ren’s) teachers.

Remember our next public information meeting on November 15th will be to discuss the plan for replacing Central School.

There will be no school on the following days:

November 9, 2018 (P/T Conf. Day Off)
November 12, 2018 (Veteran’s Day Observance)
November 22 & 23, 2018 (Thanksgiving Vacation)