The make-up dates for three missed school days were cancelled at Laporte and the open board member seat were both discussed at the Feb. 11 board meeting.
A decision on the vacant board member seat was tabled until the March meeting to see if the Legislature passes a law that allows school districts to wait until the next regular election to fill the position or if they will be required to hold an expensive special election to fill it. The board also discussed seeking applications from interested candidates.
After several minutes of discussion, the board decided to make up only one of the cancelled school days Jan. 29-31.
Superintendent Kim Goodwin recommended the contact day with students for licensed staff would be the Monday after Easter Sunday.
Goodwin said districts are required to have 1,020 hours of student contact, and with the current number of days Laporte has remaining in the school year, they are at 1,067.
During a recent meeting Goodwin had with other district superintendents, Cass Lake-Bena announced they will not make up any days, while most of the other schools will make up only one, and only one will make up two days.
She also recommended the district pay the licensed staff for two of the cancelled school days.
Joe Jorland liked the recommendation and said this is an extraordinary situation. The board voted 5-0 in favor of Jorland’s motion.
As for unlicensed staff, they will not get paid for the two days that school will not be made up. Goodwin proposed they can use two vacation days to be compensated or not. Chairman John Seegmiller asked the union send the district a letter requesting this and that this does not pertain to a past practice. “This is a one-time thing so the board is not setting a precedent.”
A motion was made to accept this proposal and passed by a 5-0 vote.
New math program
The district will be adding a new math core program for fourth- through sixth-graders for the 2019-20 school year.
The cost for the program would be $3,600 for two math tutors, who will each need to attend training this summer in the Twin Cities.
Goodwin said she has been working with retired Walker-Hackensack-Akeley math teacher Ken Barber to get the program started.
In other school business, the board:
Approved motion to keep the board members’ compensation for chair, clerk and treasurer the same. This item was tabled at the January meeting.
Approved second and final reading of policies 440 and 719.1.
Approved first reading of revised policies 410, 616 and 902.