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Middle and high school students will have something to read while waiting in line for lunch beginning this fall.
District 833 School Board members are keeping their fingers crossed that Gov.
East Ridge High School won't have its own girls hockey team in its first two years under a plan passed by the District 833 School Board Thursday, May 21. Instead, future East Ridge students currently in the Woodbury High School attendance area will play for the Woodbury team, and girls currently in Park High School's area will play for Park. Two months ago, Park High School Activities Director Phil Kuemmel and Woodbury High School Activities Director John Soma proposed a plan to have East Ridge girls hockey players skate with Woodbury's team. Kuemmel and Soma said the projected participatio
Devin Carlton, Oltman Junior High School seventh-grader, didn't like reading in sixth grade. This year, in Amy Johnson's reading class, he changed his mind. "I love reading," he said. "I really like fantasy books and I get to choose the books I read." Fellow seventh-grader Shane Ferlaak said he hasn't been convinced yet.
The price of School District 833 lunches will remain the same when school opens in the fall if the Nutrition Services budget is approved when the school board meets May 21. A $527,264 projected deficit for the 2009-2010 school year is being projected, but it can be covered by unallocated money in the department's budget.
The School District 833 School Board was introduced to two new administrators at the April 23 meeting.
The School District 833 School Board voted to terminate 110 probationary teaching jobs at the April 23 board meeting. Teaching positions for those who have worked in the district for three or fewer years are ended each year by the board. If the jobs were not terminated, teachers automatically have contracts for the upcoming year even if there are no teaching jobs available, according to Mark Porter, assistant superintendent for legal services and human resources, who becomes superintendent at the end of June. Many teachers are rehired, but that might not be the case this year.
There are currently enough East Ridge High School students to fill three classes of Introduction to Engineering Design this fall.
On Thursday, April 9, the District 833 school board and administrators toured East Ridge High School in Woodbury, currently under construction and slated to open this fall.
Reluctantly, School District Superintendent Tom Nelson recommended to the school board at the March 26 meeting that the district set Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, to start school this fall. State law prohibits school districts from starting before Labor Day. A bill to let districts start before Labor Day for two years and one to permanently lift the ban have been defeated, Nelson said. Though changing the law could come up again, it could be May or June before a decision is made, he said.