Monday’s Devils Lake School Board meeting was packed full of reports and year-end recognitions and acknowledgements.

Monday’s Devils Lake School Board meeting was packed full of reports and year-end recognitions and acknowledgements.

Gayle Wilhelmi coordinates the Foreign Exchange program for DLHS and she came before the board to give a report on the positive impact having students from other countries attend school in Devils Lake. This year the school hosted four students, two from Norway, one from Sweden and one from Italy. They accompanied Wilhelmi at the meeting and were introduced.

Wilhelmi also presented DLHS Principal Ryan Hanson with the National Global Excellence Award for the 2017 - 2018 school year from Education First: High School Exchange Year. This program has worked with the DL school system since 1979. Both Hanson and Wilhelmi were enthusiastic about the exchange program and its impact on the students and everyone at DLHS. Next year they are hoping to host possibly as many as six exchange students in Devils Lake. When the presentation concluded, Alice Benedetti, exchange student from Italy, performed her award-winning speech to entertain about her experience in North Dakota for the board. Her performance was met with laughter and applause.

Other business

•The employees of the fourth quarter were acknowledged and introduced. Dan Kaffar, Principal of Central Middle School introduced both the employees to be recognized. Kensi Wateland is the Central Middle School (CMS) Counselor. She received the first Crystal Apple Award as a certified employee. Tami Romine, paraprofessional at CMS received the Crystal Apple Award as classified employee of the quarter. RadioWorks and First Community Credit Union sponsor the two awards. Then Larry Leier was introduced. He received the classified employee award in the second quarter of the school year, but was unable to attend the school board meeting because he was away for the winter. Monday was his opportunity for recognition, too.

•The Devils Lake Teacher of the Year, Kristen Buchmeier from Lake Area Career and Tech Center was introduced to the board.

•Allison Dreissen from Early childhood, Pre-K Program gave the Building Program Report to the school board.

•Action items on the agenda included approving the social studies curriculum purchase, tuition waiver requests, the food bid for next year, a bid for heating and cooling for LACTC, phone and intercom system for CMS, revision of wording in board policy and the approval of 100 candidates for graduation.