The Devils Lake School Board began its discussion Monday evening that might lead to discontinuing some of the activities offered students at the school.
That brought a full gallery of concerned parents and students to observe the proceedings.
Superintendent Scott Privratsky explained that though enrollment has continually been declining in the district, they have added activities through the years - like baseball and soccer, for example - and not discontinued any. He gave a presentation on the activities the school district now offers, the numbers of students participating and the cost per student of each activity. He explained that with declining enrollment and declining participation in some activities the board needs to be proactive in doing what is best for the students.
“Or we could just do nothing,” he said.
School board members asked for more information before they make a decision.
Privratsky promised to provide whatever they needed to help them in this undertaking. He said that Activity Director Jason Wiberg would be a help to them, as well, but that the decision is the board’s decision and not the activity director’s.
Nothing was decided at the meeting, but dates were set for further deliberation and a time of public input before any decisions are to be made at the first school board meeting in March.
The next scheduled school board meeting will be on Jan. 20 where they will continue the discussion so that by the Feb.10th meeting the board could present its recommendations, the Feb. 24 meeting would be the time when the public would be encouraged to give their input before any final decisions are made at the March 10 school board meeting.
Other items discussed included a building and program report from Dr. Deb Follman about Sweetwater School and the AdvanceEd Systems Accreditation update from Kim Krogfoss.
Action items approved at Monday’s meeting were the five-year maintenance schedule, the impact aid grant application, the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and the evaluation of Superintendent Scott Privratsky.
For more information from this meeting go to http://devilslake.nd.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scdirectory/default.php?sectiondetailid=2&