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A-R board hears professional development report

August 31, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - The Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education at its Monday, Aug. 26 meeting heard a report on a three-day professional development session from assistant principal and activities director Robert Zotz.

Zotz reviewed a number of topics covered in the in-service, including:

n Project-based learning.

n Plans for a Spanish Club trip to Costa Rica for J-term.

n Iowa Core and Iowa Assessments.

n Autism training.

Zotz also highlighted the upcoming fall sports season, a new freshman introductory computer applications course with both Microsoft Office and iPad applications and student handbook additions. He noted that the district is now offering 51 credits of classes for dual credit.

Superintendent Matt Berninghaus said the district had met Annual Yearly Progress requirements and that 11th-grade reading would be on the list for one more year when it could come off. He said the district was on the list last year for coding buildings incorrectly.

Berninghaus also reviewed a state report on the relative cost to educate each student at all three levels. He also reviewed the school election ballot for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Jennifer Von Bank will run unopposed as a director at large while Karen Ann Thackery will run unopposed as District 2 director. Jim Boyer, current board president, and Travis Nielsen will vie for District 3 director for the Ringsted area.

Under action items, the board approved the consent agenda and student handbook.

Also approved was a bus turn-around agreement. Berninghaus said Kossuth County had agreed to build a turnaround at Seneca. Armstrong Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral school districts will each pay $2,000 for the one-time cost of the turnaround while Kossuth County will maintain the turnaround and do snow removal.

The board appointed Boyer as Iowa Association of School Boards Action Network member and assembly delegate.

The board approved hiring Lance Hanson as bus driver. Also approved was first reading of an updated tobacco/nicotine-free environment policy.



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