WHA School Board members Nancy Freeman, Jarrod Mankie and Barb Sherman took the oath of office Jan. 14 at the first meeting of the new year.

In the Nov. 6 general election, Mankie was elected to his first term on the board, and Freeman and Sherman were re-elected.

Election of officers saw Blake Nordin elected as board chair for a two-year term; and Vickie White as vice chair, Mankie as treasurer and Lori Stein as clerk, for one- year terms. All four were unopposed.

Annual designations were as follows:

• Depository: First National Bank North

• Newspaper: Pilot-Independent

• Board mtgs.: second Mondays of the month, 6:30 p.m., except for July and November, third Mondays, in the Media Center.

• Board compensation: $125 for meetings that last 0-3  hours; $150, 3-5 hours; $200, 5-8 hours; $250, over 8 hours.

• Legal counsel: Ratwick, Rosak and Maloney.

Board committee appointments were made:

PAWN Special Ed: Freeman

Negotiations: Sherman, Nordin, Freeman

Vocational Co-op: Linda Arts

Minnesota School Board Assoc. Legislative Rep.: White

Community Ed: Stein, Mankie

Minnesota State High School League: Mankie

Safety/Crisis Team: Arts

Local Indian Education Committee: Nordin, Arts

Teacher Development and Evaluation: Stein

Transportation: Freeman

Fiscal/Audit: Stein,

Reports by Principals Jill McGowan (PK-5) and Ryan Jensen (6-12) focused on Christmas concerts and the Jan. 2 professional development day for the entire staff.

McGowan noted that WHA has received generous donations to the Wolf Pack Pantry from AFSCME Local 2195, American Legion Post 134, Sons of the American Legion, Angels of St. Agnes, Women of Hope Lutheran and several private donors.  

Elementary enrollment as of Jan. 8 was 392 and grades 6-12 enrollment as of Jan. 10 was 403.

Activities Director Travis Hensch reported on winter sports and the wrestling scoreboard app,which apparently has numerous frustrating glitches. WHA’s annual Wolfpack Wrestling Invite is Feb. 1

The volleyball program has been invited to a Minnesota Volleyball Showcase Invitational Tourney the week of Sept. 21, 2019, which means WHA will not host its own weekend volleyball tourney in September.

Under Community Ed, the Women’s Expo has been set for March 2 with new a location and new activities.

In a High Reliability Schools update, Nancy Bruns reported that eight teachers are working toward certification as High Reliability Teachers: Level One, the third grade team of Kara Widman, Kristen Bockovich and Patty Hendricks, plus Erica Strandlie and Natalie Asell; Level Two, Melanie Leger; and Level Three, Karrie Ehlenfeldt and Shannon Rivard.

Five staff members have been certified in whole group ENVoY: Cindy Alto, Jill McGowan and Nancy Bruns; Karrie Ehlenfeldt recertified in whole group; and Melanie Leger certified in small and whole group ENVoY.

ENVoY is a classroom management approach that utilizes non-verbal strategies to preserve relationships and gain student compliance in the classroom; improves classroom climate, enhances student productivity and decreases staff burnout.

January’s Spotlight on Success focused on third grade teacher Kristen Bockovich.

With funding from Sourcewell, Superintendent Eric Pingrey, Principal Jensen, Debbie Peterson and Nancy Bruns attended the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Conference in San Diego in early December. AVID is an elective course that will be available for high school freshmen in the 2019-2020 school year, designed to help students maximize their potential for college and career readiness. Once in the program, students continue to take it until they graduate. Closer to spring, selected students will be invited to apply for the class.

Bruns also reported that WHA now has a Facebook page — @WolvesWHA or Walker Hackensack Akeley Public Schools. WHA also has a YouTube Channel, thanks to Randy Cadwell of the Technology Department. It can be found under ‘quick links’ on the school website, http://www.wha.k12.mn.us/ or search on YouTube under Walker  Hackensack Akeley Schools. The district is also improving its website.  

In other business the board

Supported a resolution urging the Cass County Board to change the minimum legal sales age to 21 to purchase tobacco products in Cass County.

Accepted the Local Indian Education Committee (LIEC) Resolution of Concurrence noting that the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee, indicating AIPAC agrees with the contents and implementation of the Indian Education Program Plan at WHA. The resolution goes to the Department of Education.

Approved a “Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions [in 2019] and the Reasons Therefore,” just in case reductions are needed.

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