There was good news at this week’s Devils Lake School Board meeting: The floor of the Sports Center is ready for use so Tuesday night’s volleyball game will mark the grand re-opening of the gym.

There was good news at this week’s Devils Lake School Board meeting. The floor of the Sports Center is ready for use so Tuesday night’s volleyball game will mark the grand re-opening of the gym. Take note of the brand new floor and new volleyball standards, also. This is the first game that will be played in the gymnasium since removal and replacement of the floor began in May.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky outlined his priorities for the year ahead as he handed out the evaluation form done each year on his performance by the school board. The first of those priorities will begin on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. when the school district will conduct the first Drug Awareness forum in the Sports Center.

“This is an important issue here in Devils Lake and we need to be educated, informed and united as we go forward,” he said.

The forum will be open to the public and Privratsky hopes the community will attend in full force. Presentations will be made by the Devils Lake City Police Department, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

During his report to the board the superintendent touched on several items including a letter from Kirsten Baesler and the rewriting of standards for North Dakota’s schools. Enrollment numbers are holding steady at just over 1,700 students, 1,702 to be exact, he stated.

He also presented a recap of the Administrative Meeting from Thursday, Oct. 6 and information on Ballot Measure No. 2 which relates to proposed changes to the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund.

Privratsky concluded his communications with a list of dates to remember: The next school board meeting Oct. 24 at 5 p.m., the Drug Awareness Forum Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center, the NDSBA Convention Thursday and Friday Oct. 27 - 28 in Bismarck and the first school board meeting in November set for Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.

Bette Nelson gave a detailed report on the Lake Region Special Education Program specifically about the district’s group homes Harmony House and New Outlooks.

Later in the meeting Nelson led the board members through changes and updates to be made to the policy manuals for both group homes. She provided a concise overview of the changes for the board members to follow along with.

LeeAnn Johnston, Jeff Frith, Steve Halldorson and Jason Hodous will be the delegates to the ND School Board Association Convention and they went through the resolutions to be voted on by the assembly. Some discussion centered on who would be attending what presentation at the convention.

The remaining school board meetings for the 2016 calendar year: Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12. were set.

Then as the meeting ended Frith brought up the need for a new sound system at Roller Field. It was the consensus at the meeting that a new sound system was needed, now all they need to do is find a way to pay for a replacement.