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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Page 3 From page 1 Theisen says, "We need to get our kids more involved in extra curricular activities" -- whether in FFA, sports, theater, choir, band or the arts. "I feel it is important for kids to be involved in these activities -- parents need to encourage their kids to participate in them." As the nine man representative, Theisen told the board he will attend a meeting of MSHL State Football. Representatives of all classes will be discussing a proposal that would do away with traditional conferences. He is hoping they will leave nine man alone as it is not a big issue of schools not having conferences to play in. Recently some of the l l man schools have suggested that the league should eliminate nine man football altogether. Projections for volleyball indicate the pro- gram will be down to about 23 kids. The school policy suggests that any sports should have a ratio of one coach for 13 players. This year, due to increased numbers, an extra coach was added, so if these projections hold true it will be necessary to drop one coaching position. Theiesen also reported there are 31 seniors going on the class trip, and all of them have paid their deposit. Elementary principal Olson gave his report. He told the board Mr. Vondracek is planning a Family Day on Friday, December 6 along with a food drive. The K-6 staff is requesting to purchase a new reading series. A new series will cost about $25,000, but it will tie in with the smart boards and ipads. The series was last upgrad- ed in 2000. The K-3 music concert will be held Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Walnut Grove Gym. The 4 through 6 music concert will be Monday December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Steve Jaycox was hired as a full time cus- todian. Superintendent Loy Woelber reported the ramp at the Westbrook Fitness Center has been completed. Also the new fitness center in Walnut Grove held three open house ses- sions. Woelber gave an update on the FLY (Flex Learning Year). Schools in the FLY are trying to get on the same page with provisions like Professional Learning Communities. WWG continues to work on teacher devel- opment -- a program will be in place by next year. They have been evaluating most of their staff every year. Woelber talked to the board about a new education plan for Minnesota schools,"World's Best Workforce." It is a plan adopted by the legislature to deal with all aspects of educa- tion. The plan includes a time line for districts to plan and implement new strategies to address all areas of education by the 2014 school year. Woelber said it basically is a plan to replace high stakes testing. Chairman Marv Kleven reported on his and Woelber's attendance at the MREA fall conference. He says, in a session with princi- pals, about discipline problems, they reported in one school district over half of their stu- dents were living with relatives -- he said the parents either disappeared or were incarcer- ated. Woelber said there were two or three leg- islators at the meeting, The big complaint to them was about oppressive mandates. Also there is a push for no physical restraining of out of control kids. Presently a kid who is act- ing out in a way that he would be a danger to himself or others can be restrained only using approved methods and requires two people. This is a real concern for administrators and staff members. Woelber says this would have serious ramifications on our staff and other students. This will be a real problem for the safety of our students and staff members. "I just don't know what we are going to be able to do in these situations," Woelber says. In other action the board acted on the fol- lowing items. Approved an amendment on the MREA resolution to the delegate assembly. Approved a tentative two year contract agreement with the WEA. Approved a support staff raise for the current year along with some adjustment to new hires according to their education level. Overall they received a 25 cents an hour increase. Approved lane changes for Kelly Quade, Mandy Dibble, and Derrick Jenniges. Approved hiring of three Paras Kalia Lor and Whitney Jarmer at the elementary school, and Steven Yang at the high school. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE ~.~:;: : i: Shannon Cohrs of Dovray, bagged this 6x6 bull Elk south of Douglas, Wyoming. He was hunting with his wife Angie, brother, sister-in-law and nephew from Douglas. The Elk was taken with a rifle at 378 yards with one shot. Last week was a busy week for the Westbrook street maintenance crew. 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