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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • School board votes against accepting teacher’s resignation

  • Mrs. Sarah Caulfield, fourth grade teacher at Minnie H Elementary School has asked to be let out of her contract with the district citing a change in family circumstances.
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  • Mrs. Sarah Caulfield, fourth grade teacher at Minnie H Elementary School has asked to be let out of her contract with the district citing a change in family circumstances.
    After much discussion the Devils Lake School Board at Monday’s regular meeting voted against accepting the teacher’s resignation.
    Superintendent Scott Privratsky said, “Contracts are two-party agreements. With a signed contract, the teacher is assured of employment for the length of the contract and the school district is assured to have a qualified teacher for that length of time, as well.”
    That doesn’t necessarily mean Caulfield is being forced to stay in Devils Lake for the entire school year, however. Privratsky said the district has begun advertising the position and as soon as a suitable replacement instructor can be found the situation will be revisited.
    He said “If and when a suitable replacement can be secured then my recommendation will change.”
    He emphasized the importance of what was best for the students. It was his hope that Caulfield would continue in her present position in the meantime providing consistency for the fourth graders in her care.
    The board agreed with the superintendent’s recommendation and voted unanimously against accepting her resignation.

    Other business
    •Privratsky welcomed the visitors to the meeting who are members of the college Introduction to Education class.
    •Lynn Goodwill gave a report to the board on Prairie View Elementary School. She emphasized their goals, mission and vision plus work they are doing on curriculum changes and attendance.
    •Following her presentation Privratsky commented on how proud he is of the district’s staff.  “We are leaders on every level,” he said in reference to the work being done on curriculum and the attendance goals established district-wide.
    •The board also took time to have one more look at the 2012-13 DLPS budget before voting to approve it. Privratsky pointed out a few changes that had been made since the preliminary budget was set in July.
    •Veronica Nicla and Steve Halldorson volunteered to represent Devils Lake as delegates to the School Board Convention. Privratsky went through the resolutions that will be discussed at the convention and the board directed the delegates how they wished them to vote as their representatives.
    •The next school board meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. with the second strategic planning session set for 6:30 p.m. that same evening.
    Another regular meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.
    •A work session was set for Monday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in the conference room at Ramsey National Bank.
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