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ELC School Board approves 3-4 reading, math position

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

After hearing a proposal from third- and fourth-grade teachers, the Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday approved a new 3-4 reading and math position.

The new position would be for class sizes of 21-23 students, according to superintendent Tara Paul.

According to Paul, the position would help meet SINA and RtI/MTSS requirements and help maintain staff levels for third-and fourth-grade students over the next several years.

Paul said it would be important to maintain the position, and that a larger kindergarten class this coming fall would bring in more money to help fund it.

Kieja Evans and Shannon Schiltz told the board about the family initiatives program.

Evans said the program enhances student academic performance, provides better attendance, makes better behavior, makes better teacher morale and results in a higher homework completion rate.

Barriers preventing parents from participating include time and having nonflexible jobs, lack of education themselves, language barriers, poor communication and that programs for some may be too time-consuming.

Despite those barriers, there was great attendance at the Donuts With Dad day with 63 percent of kids with a dad, and 88 percent for Muffins with Mom.

In administrative reports, middle-school principal Nathan Essary said the first middle-school track meet will be in a couple weeks.

Essary reviewed DARE graduation last week, said eighth-graders are going to Des Moines and that ALICE training will be held Wednesday. Essary, who is leaving at the end of this school year, thanked the Estherville community for its support.

Activities director Brad Leonard said over 100 students were out for a spring sport, or over 25 percent of the study body.

In other business, the board approved third reading of board policies 407-407.6E4. The board also certified the list of students for spring graduation, pending completion of graduation requirements.

The board approved coupling the alternative education and curriculum director position and set a public hearing for 5:10 p.m. Monday, May 19 for the 2013-14 for the budget amendment.

The board also approved a bid of $91,000 from Midwest Technology for a new phone system which will include intercom, tornado system and phones for all district buildings.