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Notes from the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

 

Legislation and Construction – These topics have really consumed most of my time the past couple months.  But I won’t complain, the construction process is enjoyable knowing that there is a product that will come from the hard work that everyone is putting into this.  A concept from the fall of 2017 developed into a major group effort and it is continuing to be an all-encompassing project.  Teachers’ in Pre-K through 2 have been involved in meetings with the architects.  They have added some great insight and ideas to the design of their rooms; custodial staff and kitchen staff have been involved in the design of their respective areas.  When given the opportunity by our patrons, to build this addition, it was only logical to include everyone in the process.  We have conducted MANY meetings, developed timelines, the Design Development Phase of the project will be complete March 1st, with the architect/ engineers and consultants completing the construction documents by March 29th.  Our tentative date for the start of construction is June 3, 2019 with a tentative completion deadline of July 31, 2020.

 

Legislation has been interesting to say the least this session.  Many bills that needed to be killed before crossover have been eliminated, but many remain, which in my opinion, are questionable?  The following link will take you to the sight that will allow you to review all the bills presented this session, https://www.legis.nd.gov/.    A couple bills that survived to crossover:

 

HB 1385, Mandatory training for bus drivers, this will only increase the difficulty of retaining and hiring bus drivers.
HB 1346, this bill relates to the number of hours of instruction by school districts and weather emergencies.  To me this is a great bill that will allow districts much flexibility.
HB 1332, this bill would allow a school district to designate an “armed first responder” to possess a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises.  I am not in favor of arming teachers – enough said on that one.

 

Our second Parent-Teacher Conference will be held on March 21, 2019 from 3:30-9:30, hopefully all of you can attend and will find time to visit with your son or daughters’ teachers.  Communication is so important in education and the need to work together can only be achieved with quality two-way communication.

 

There will be no school on the following days in March and April:

March 13th through the 15th (Spring Break)
April 19th (Good Friday)
April 22nd (Easter Monday)
April 23rd (Teachers’ P/T Comp day)