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School Board discusses received grant, returned funds

By Staff | Jan 13, 2017

Rugby High School English teacher Ashley Stricker was awarded a $4,500 classroom build grant from the North Dakota Educational Technology Council. This grant was one of 38 proposals approved out of 97 received applications. Stricker will be using the grant money to purchase three new MAC computers for RHS’s mass media course. Students will utilize the new computers to create content for the Rugby news.

The school’s activity fund is back up, as fundraising and FFA travel deposits were received, according to Business Manager Dawn Hauck.

The board discussed RHS math teacher Scott Grochow’s early retirement request, ultimately approving his request as he has met all of the criteria to qualify.

The transportation contract with Hartley’s Buses was at last approved, with the question on prices of diesel versus propane fuel being answered. The base price for diesel fuel is at $2.85, and the base price for propane fuel is at $1.49, which includes state and federal taxes minus any federal or state reimbursements.

Teachers voted on the 2017-18 school calendar proposal this past week, which was also approved at the board meeting.

Board members discussed the recent AdvancED Survey, which shows the district’s progress since the survey was last taken in 2013. Most categories showed an increase in satisfaction, with overall pleasing results in all areas. Concerns were noted in the comment section in regard to communication. The board discussed ways communication could be made better, ideas including added features on the school website and the possibility of creating a downloadable app for parents and students to be able to communicate with the school more efficiently.

ACT score data was also reviewed during this meeting, showing positive growth of scores from year to year. Juniors will take the ACT later this year, as required by the state.

Ely Elementary students are currently undergoing benchmark assessments in reading and math, which are online assessments that roughly take one hour in each area to complete. These assessments will be taken over the next two weeks.

Last month’s Project Joy was a success, with a total of $762.58 collected.

Gearing Up For Kindergarten has had to make some schedule changes due to weather, with two sessions being moved from fall to spring.

Progress reports will be sent home soon, as the trimester ends on Jan. 18.

RHS currently has 259 students enrolled, a number that is mostly unchanged since the beginning of the school year.

Quarter 2 and Semester 1 ended Friday, Jan. 13. Students completed end of the semester testing Friday, as well. Testing began Wednesday afternoon and lasted through the end of the day Friday.

Twenty-two RHS students attended the FFA Leadership Conference in Bismarck last weekend, Jan. 7-8.

A wrestling tournament will be held in Rugby this weekend, with roughly 25 teams participating.

Jan. 20 is Community Leadership Day at RHS, with 15 invited community leaders conducting leadership and/or team building activities for students to participate in.

The Rugby Speech Meet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 a.m. in the RHS Board Room.

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