School Board continues to look at restructuring

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Ermen Brown, left, heads the Native American Education Advisory Committee. At Monday’s meeting of the Devils Lake School Board he reported on the work of that committee and the need to remind parents to update their contact information whenever there is a change.

No decisions have been made at this point, however, the Devils Lake School Board continues to discuss restructuring the city’s elementary schools.

The proposal includes turning Minnie H into a Kindergarten Center and dividing students from grades one through four between Sweetwater and Prairie View.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky pointed out how important this decision is and that the teachers and staff who will be affected by this change, if it happens, need to be assured that every effort will be made to do what is best for the district’s students. That’s the bottom line.

“This is Devils Lake and we have to do what is best for our students,” Privratsky stated.

He informed the board of the comments and concerns that came out at the recent public forums held at Minnie H. One by one he went through the questions and responded to each one.

Board members offered their comments, as well, and asked for the opportunity to visit the West Fargo school district that has had a kindergarten center for a number of years. Privratsky agreed this would be a valuable “next step” and promised to make it happen before the next school board meeting set for December 15.

Other business

The Native American Education Advisory Committee chair, Ermen Brown, gave an update on that committee’s work. One of the most important things they do, he said, is stay in touch with parents so they know what services and help is available for their students. That is difficult when contact numbers are not current, so he emphasized the importance of reminding parents to let the school know when telephone numbers and addresses change.

Principal Lynn Goodwill gave a report to the board on Prairie View Elementary School and its programs.

The Superintendent Evaluations forms were distributed to the school board members.

Privratsky went briefly through the 2013-14 School District Audit Report and pointed out that in essence it was a “clean audit.”

Three tuition waiver requests were approved by the board.

The final item of action on the agenda was a review of the school board policy manual’s section D.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Devils Lake School Board will be Monday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.