Community Education programs throughout Itasca County are serving thousands from early childhood age through adult and offerings are on the rise.
At last week’s Independent School District 316 School Board meeting, board members got an update on existing and new courses opportunities being offered in the district here and beyond.
The update took place in Greenway High School’s telepresence room and board members were able to connect with staff in Grand Rapids via telepresence technology.
While community education has long been serving local residents, telepresence makes possible new offerings, such as Spanish classes.
Community Education also has launched a number of other offerings that are proving popular including: aqua zumba; crock pot cooking; art classes with 321 art studio; hair braiding; sign language; roller derby 101; weight room supervised hours and resume class, staff told the board.
In other business, the board:
• Listened to a presentation on the district’s gifted and talented program from Elizabeth Young, district coordinator.
• Approved the minutes of the Dec. 18 regular board meeting and the Jan. 8 organizational meeting.
• Accepted a donation in the amount $150 to Vandyke from Christ Episcopal Church for book purchases.
• Denied a leave of absence request from Kim Moe, paraprofessional.
• Accepted the resignation of teacher Ann Will, who retired from her position Jan. 17.
• Approved a revised School District Systems Accountability policy.