Devils Lake School Board concerned about road, street conditions as Aug. 27 nears
The Devils Lake School Board covered a lot of ground in a meeting that lasted under one hour Monday, Aug. 13.
Concerns that continued to be brought up during the meeting revolved around street and road repairs continuing throughout the city and rural areas and how that might impact bus service and students getting to and from school each day.
“Our utmost concern is for the safety of our students,” Superintendent Scott Privratsky said. As the day school starts is nearing he was reassured by board members that crews at work around the town plan to complete the big projects, like Third Street and Seventh Street, as well as the smaller projects, like that on College Drive.
Rural roads might be another thing altogether, however, and the situation would be closely monitored and evaluated before any changes are made, Privratsky promised. Of concern are several bus routes located south of Devils Lake and specifically the road into Sullys Hill National Game Preserve.
The board acknowledged a generous donation from a former DLHS student intended to benefit the proposed Fine Arts Center.
Privratsky went through the agenda of the Friday, Aug. 24 “Back to School” breakfast, which will be held in the high school commons starting at 7:45 a.m., with introductions of new stafff members at 8:30 and a special guest and a “huge announcement” at 9 a.m. That was all he would say about it, however.
Summer Maintenance update
The superintendent recognized the hard work of those accomplishing the summer maintenance projects. He gave a Powerpoint presentation highlighting the numerous projects completed or nearing completion in the system including new sidewalks along the north side of LACTC, the auto shop cleaned up and repainted, the shiny gym floors in the Sports Center, the four remodeled CMS bathrooms, new carpet, ceiling tiles and lights in the orchestra room and new lights, ceiling tile, carpet and shelving in the library, an upgrade of the Minnie H office, swings at two of the elementary schools, carpet for the elementary classrooms and the Prairie View tree project.
His presentation ended by pointing out the grounds are now considered “gopher-free.” Only a couple of items on the original list of projects remain to be completed.
A two-part strategic planning session is planned for this fall where teachers, business people, parents and interested community members will come together and look into the school district’s future. The days are set at Sept. 13 and Oct. 8 and the board hopes for a good turnout from the community as they plan for the next five or ten years of the school system.
“We’re hoping there will be more people in attendance than we are planning for,” board president Kory Boehmer said.
Following those meetings the board talked about having a retreat, themselves, to process the information they receive from the listening sessions during strategic planning.
Requests for Tuition Waiver
Six students from outside the district requested to be allowed to go to DLHS and one from inside the district requested to attend school outside the district. Those requests were granted.
New administrators were introduced to the board. Jared Schlenker will be the new assistant principal at Central Middle School and Christa Brodina will be the new administrator of the Lake Area Career and Tech Center. They were introduced to the school board members and shared a little about themselves before heading back to their seats.
Privratsky said there are approximately 34 new staff members this year and they will be introduced at the “Back to School” breakfast on Aug. 24. He added that number of new employees constituted about 14 percent of all the people the school district employs.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Devils Lake School Board will be Monday, August 27 at 5 p.m.