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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • School board struggles with how to decide if a student activity should continue or not

  • When the school district decides to drop an activity, how is that decision made?
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  • By Louise Oleson
    Journal Managing Editor
    When the school district decides to drop an activity, how is that decision made? What criteria should be used to determine that decision? That was the topic of a lengthy discussion at Monday’s Devils Lake School Board meeting.
    Although nothing was decided at Monday’s meeting, it was clear that it is a concern that will continue to be addressed until criteria is established.
    Through the years a number of student activities have been added and none have been dropped, according to Superintendent Scott Privratsky. Declining numbers have caused several activities to struggle to exist and in one incident last school year competition in a tournament had to be cancelled because not enough students were on the team to compete.
    Should a team’s win/loss record be taken into consideration when making the decision? Is it purely about numbers of students involved? It was a lively philosophical discussion that in the end the board decided they needed to discuss further before making any decisions.
    Privratsky said that should an activity be dropped, the students would be informed about it in the spring so that by the next school year they could make other arrangements.
    He thanked the school board members for the lively debate and assured them and Jason Wiberg, Activities Director, that the school board and he as administrator, would be the ones tasked with the final decision, when and if that decision has to be made.
    In other business, the board recognized the teacher and classified employee of the quarter. Sis Eisenzimmer is a sixth grade teacher at Central Middle School who was voted by her peers to receive a crystal apple sponsored by RadioWorks.
    Connie Thomas, Special Ed Para-professional at DLHS and Lake Area Career and Technical Center received the Citizen’s Community Credit Union crystal apple award as the classified employee of the quarter.
    Both were introduced and congratulated at the school board meeting.
    •Hyllis Dauphinais gave a brief report from the Native American Education Advisory Committee.
    •The tuition waiver procedure was discussed.
    •The plans for the proposed Fine Arts Center were discussed.
    •The school board members talked about what they’d learned and enjoyed about the school board convention they’d attended.
    •The student elected to represent the student body on the school board, Mylasha Artis, was sworn in.
    The next school board meeting will take place at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12 because of Veterans Day on Monday. The Nov. 25 and Dec. 16 meetings will both be at 5 p.m., as usual.

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