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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Page 3 WWG board reviews capital outlay requests Board heard reports on Special Ed, Math, and fifth grade trip By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- To start the meeting superin- tendent Loy Woelber gave an update on the legislature. He said, "it looks like there will be a special session -- it looks like there will not be a budget proposal the governor will sign." It appears schools will see a decrease of about $10 per student for the 2013 school year. That translates into a $4,500 reduction for WWG. Woelber said, "there are some issues of teacher tenure and teacher evaluation -- they want to base everything strictly on test scores." Special ed teachers Lori Lee and Erin Richards spoke about the special ed pro- gram. They spoke of, beside themselves, there are 5 full time Para Professionals serving 36 students in the district. Their students qualify in several areas of learning disabled. Twelve students qualify as English language learner, and four students in Autism Spectrum. Richards said, "we have anywhere from three to 15 students in the classroom. We work with them at their own level -- we pull many out of their regular classrooms to help them take tests by reading the ques- tions to them." They meet with parents to give them periodical evaluations. The department received 10 ipads which can be used for searching for information, typing papers, and learning games. "We also use them for rewards for good performance," Richards said. Mandy Dibble talked about the math program and the college courses being offered - college Algebra, and Trigonometry as dual credits. Also the credits will transfer when students start college. Introduction to Algebra is being taught in eighth grade to help students prepare for higher Algebra. Dibble finds using smart boards are a big help in teaching math. It allows her to prepare her demo's ahead of time, saving her a lot of time in class. She thinks it is very good for drawing graphs and charts. Another thing that has helped her class is the use of graphing calculators which were purchased through a donation from Maynard's Grocery Store. She also told the board about the use of ipads, and that she is finding some very good apps to use for math problems. Lairdie Kells and Nikki Jorgenson talk- ed about the fifth grade trip to Lake Carlos Environmental Camp. It was a three day camp where kids got to learn many facets of the environment. In a Pioneering Class the kids learned, to build fires and throw hatch- ets. Kids worked in teams doing pond stud- ies collecting specimens and studying organisms in the ponds. Students learn about manners and respecting each other. In a survival class the teams worked to build shelters and build fires to boil water. They go out on a night hike, it is an invaluable experience for the kids, some of them had never been away from home before. Working together as a team and solving problems are stressed -- everything they do is geared towards the environment and how it is affected. The trip is funded through intragration funding from the state. After returning the students were required to write a report on their experiences. Capital outlayfor building and grounds was approved for both sites. In Walnut Grove, roof patching, kinder- garten carpet, and digging out the area south of bus garage are items yet to be decided. Items approved were freezer pur- chase, copier for office, tree removal, fin- ishing energy project, and replacement of two electrical panels. In Westbrook, roof patching, replacing tile in one or two class rooms, remove older play equipment, repair of settling concrete at tech campus, removal of tree by Beth Kleven's room, boiler work at tech campus, caulking and sealing at both buildings, door closures were approved by the board. Academic Capital Outlay for both sites was approved by the board. Approved was $57,771 for the elementary school, and $56,741 for the high school and junior high school. $36,906 was approved for extra curricular. Principal Bill Richards told the board he was working on pre registering students for next year. Principal Paul Olson gave his report on the elementary school. An after school program for Girl Scouts will be held next year. It will be one night each week from 3:30 to 5:30 for girls third through fifth grade. The program will be at the Walnut Grove building. Westbrook stu- dents will be able to ride the shuttle back to Westbrook. The Summer Lunch Program will start next week from 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program is open to all students 18 or under. The Walnut Grove Alumni Foundation - class of'84, will purchase seven ipads and $500 of Applications. The following items were approved by the board. Accepted the resignation of Dan Peterson. Resolution putting school year support employees on summer leave of absence. Farm to school program in the ele- mentary school. Approval of restrictive procedures policy. Maternity Leave for Mandy Dibble, first semester ' 11-12 school year. Approved surplus items auction. Hiring cheer leading coach Erin Richards. Benefit for Paul Hanson June 4 By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune COTTAGE GROVE -- A benefit for Paul Hanson, a 1988 Westbrook grad, will be held Saturday June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul, 1400 Robert Street South. Hanson, and his family, of Cottage Grove are going through a difficult time right now. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last Thanksgiving. He has gone through three dif- ferent rounds of chemo -thera- py, and 12 radiation sessions none of which have been able to reduce the tumor. At this point the family has been told there is nothing more that can be done to treat the inoperable tumor. Hanson has been transferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel in St. Paul where he is in hospice care. Paul is married to his wife Juli, and they have two children Kayla and Grace. Grace, Juli, Paul, and Kayla Hanson. At the benefit there will be a pasta dinner, silent auction, and bake sale. Donations may be sent to: Anchor Bank, Paul Hanson Benefit 1030 Hastings Ave. St. Paul Park, MN 55071. Hanson's parents are Merlyn and Joann Hanson of Westbrook. Westbrook Cruisers... The Westbrook Cruisers car club gathered Saturday afternoon at the Loose Moose parking lot before cruising to the Clay Peterson Benefit at Lamberton. Open House --- from page ] Today Ourada concentrates mostly on the body work and paint. He used to do work on air condition- ing systems, sold tires, and did a lot of alignment work. He still has his aligmnent rack but only uses it to check out collision jobs. At one time he used to do about 250 alignments a year, but with today's cars there is seldom a need for it anymore. From 1984 to about 1994 Ourada also sold used vehi- cles, and at the same time rebuilt salvage cars and sold them. He recalls one year he did about 30 rebuilds. Besides body work and painting he replaces and repairs about 100 wind- shields a year. Ourada said, ''we have been fortunate to have real- ly good employees over the years. Dave Hansen worked for us for about nine years, Rick Buchholz worked here for 17 years, Brett Anderson worked here for a couple Archie Senst handed the keys new owner Duane Ourada 35 years and our current employee Dan Claveau has worked for us for the past six years." "We have really enjoyed being in business in Westbrook. It is a great community in a great area, and we have many loyal customers to thank. I still have customers I have worked with since we first for the Body Shop to years ago. started the business" Ourada said. The Ouradas will be holding a customer appre- ciation to celebrate 35 years in business. It will be at their shop, Saturday June 4 starting at 4:00. Lunch will be served, and there will be Karaoke. Mark the day on your calendar to celebrate with Duane, Kari and Dan. SIOUX FALLS, SD 605.367.7003