Community education programs at Nashwauk-Keewatin High School are well attended, the ISD No. 319 school board was told at its regular meeting last week.
Board members received a community education update that detailed the activity of the past year and projected the future growth of the programs.
District officials said the department will assess the needs of the community, improve the quality of youth programming, host a youth activity resource page, encourage cross-district programs, and nurture a well-rounded advisory council.
Persons responsible for the technology within the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative said there has been vast improvement and increased community education options. In addition, technology upgrades have put the partner districts in the forefront of school security, they said. The security includes key fobs (a type of security token with a small hardware device with built-in authentication mechanisms) and surveillance cameras. The mechanisms in the key fob control access to network services and information.
The board heard a report from Elementary Principal Peter Hardy that included information regarding the continuation of the reading and math grant, which has supported 1.5 persons for additional help at the elementary level. Secondary Principal Jeff Britten’s report included an update by Shelly Flaten and Troy Grunenwald on Marzano Leadership Training for staff. He also reported on the most recent work with Blandin and the student success program.
In addition to the regular items of business, the board approved:
• The consent agenda, which included coach hirings for baseball and softball.
• The district calendar for 2014-2015.
• One full-time employee leave of absence from Feb. 16 to Mar. 17.
One item of old business – the election of a chairperson for the coming year received board attention. Nominations were taken and Barb Kalmi and Mary Jane Damjanovich were the nominees. With a vote of three to three, Damjanovich withdrew her name from consideration for the sake of board unity. With herself as the only nominee, Kalmi pronounced herself chairperson for the upcoming year.
Kalmi then declared the board in closed session to undertake the evaluation of Superintendent Mark Adams.