By Mari Radtke
Each building principal shared with the full board the goals for the building set with their leadership teams. Mike Morran shared the 4 objectives set by the elementary building leadership team. It was decided that an emphasis by staff would be put on students’ self-awareness, help with each youngster gaining control over their emotions. Effective communication is a second goal for Primghar building. They have also set academic goals: proficiency in 36 weeks or a 30% growth in reading skills and a 15% growth in the FAST (math) examination.
Morran could not speak highly enough about the positive affect of air conditioning in the gym at Primghar. He noted that the doors could now remain closed. Morran will serve again assisting as the truancy officer.
Mrs. Phillips, in her first regular school board meeting as the 7-12 principal, explained the desired outcomes for the efforts made by high school students and staff. They are improving community relationships, examining the climate and culture at the high school and professional development. Some changes to the delivery of professional development is expected. She spoke of 3 areas for teacher training for struggling readers as part of the professional development. The goals will be posted in each classroom and align with board goals.
Phillips is also continuing as the student council advisor. It’s been decided that student council will work toward 1 activity each month instead of limiting to just big events like homecoming. She was also appointed as the truancy officer.
The “Return to Learn” plan, required by the state, was discussed. There is a lot of uncertainty due to COVID. Masks cannot be required, but can and are highly encouraged. Along with that, social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing upon entering the building are also encouraged behavior. Superintendent Wade Riley noted that hybrid learning options could happen. Hybrid will be like last year, if it happens. The elementary building will hold in-person class daily with extra space made available through partnership with a nearby church. The high school would go to an alternating schedule – every other day home. This schedule is contingent upon an outbreak in the school. Zoom classes, if any, will be limited to 25 minutes per class.
By Mari Radtke