Ramsey County Shooting Sports brought out the big guns Monday night at the school board meeting filling the audience with members, students and coaches.

Ramsey County Shooting Sports brought out the big guns Monday night at the school board meeting filling the audience with members, students and coaches.

A large delegation from shooting sports attended the Devils Lake Public School Board to ask if the board would allow a Clay Target League to wear the Firebirds logo, letter in the sport and possibly be included in the school’s yearbook.

“We’re not asking for financial support,” said spokesman James Wang.
“This will cost the school zero dollars.” He continued to explain how the sport is funded, insured and coached.
“You’ve got a whole lot of kids, boys and girls, both, who are involved in this activity,” Wang continued.

He introduced four students sitting in the front row who were heading to compete on a national level, and indicated all the other girls and boys in the room and spilling out into the hallway who were part of the group.

He also pointed out two of the many coaches in the audience, Darin MacDonald and Doug Darling.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky provided the board with the district’s policy on Adding and Eliminating Activities.

Board member Lee Ann Johnston pointed out that the board had recently gone through the steps to eliminate some activities and now they were looking at adding one.
That was the big question.

Board member Paul Goulding pointed out how the activities that were eliminated did meet the criteria established for eliminating and, yes, this activity met the criteria for adding an activity.
Besides, it will cost the district nothing, they were assured of that, stated Board Member Jeff Frith.

The Clay Target League would have its own insurance, through the league, and its own governing body. It would not be an activity like basketball but more like the Figure Skating Club where those students can letter, if they wish, and must follow all the school district’s rules for participation.

In the district’s relationship with the Figure Skating Club there is an established precedence.

Following the discussion and numerous questions that Wang fielded Privratsky suggested the issue be put on the agenda for the next school board meeting as an action item. That would give them until the next meeting, to be held at noon on Feb. 19, to weigh the pros and cons and to hear what the public may have to say about the decision before voting on the request.

Other business
DLHS Principal Ryan Hanson introduced student Blair Roemmich who has been named a Horatio Alger Scholar. The only recipient honored in the state of North Dakota.
Roemmich was congratulated by the school board and told them that he intended to go to UND and pursue a career in physical therapy.

The superintendent introduced Kim Krogfoss who recently received the NDAESP Golden Apple Award.
The North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals has awarded Krogfoss, Minnie H Elementary, Devils Lake ND the Golden Apple Award at  their recent awards banquet held at the NDAESP Mid-Winter Conference in Bismarck, ND. on Feb. 5.

Golden Apple Award Criteria
Before the ND National Distinguished Principals award was created, the Golden Apple Award was the highest honor given by the ND Association of Elementary School Principals.  This award was created to honor individuals who had served the association and the profession through their involvement in (or service to) the association, their colleagues in education, and through their efforts improved the lives of children in a meaningful way. This award is given for meritorious service to the North Dakota Association of Elementary principals, to other principals, students and staff over an extended period of time. The person may or may not be a member of NDAESP, but must represent the ideals and goals of our association.

The building or program report for this meeting was on technology and it was presented by Mike DeFoe.

Privratsky briefly went through the list of bills before the legislature and informed the board of the legislative forum planned for Saturday, Feb. 21 at LRSC from 10 - 11:30 a.m. He stated that after turnaround they would schedule a forum at the high school as they have in past years.

Action items
Personnel matters were at the top of the action items list. Privratsky introduced Melissa Haahr, his recommendation to become the district’s Business Manager and Kristel Peterson who would become the superintendent’s administrative assistant. His recommendations were unanimously approved. Both were present at the meeting and were congratulated by the entire board.

One teacher resignation was also approved. Mrs. Lisa Johnson has taught English and Speech for the Alternative High School and will be leaving at the end of the school year.

Dr. Deb Follman and Dr. Jared Schlenker gave a presentation on iObservation system for the board, explaining what it was and how valuable a tool it would be for teacher professional development. The board then approved that contract.

The school board election was set for June 2 with two positions being up for election: Lee Ann Johnston’s and Paul Goulding’s. Filing deadline for running is March 30. The polling places will be CMS and the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department. On the ballot, also, will be whether to publish the school board’s minutes in the local newspaper or not.