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School board learns youth risk behavior survey results

By Staff | Jan 16, 2018

In a regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Rugby Public School District No. 5 Board of Education learned the results of a youth risk behavior survey.

The results of the 2017 survey were compared to the results from 2009. In some instances, the term “insufficient cell size” was reported, which meant data came from less than three students.

Alcohol and tobacco use decreased from 2009, as did the percentages of students carrying weapons on school property, in physical fights on school property, and sexual behaviors.

Increases did occur in other areas, including the percentages of students who were bullied on school property, bullied electronically, harassed, “felt sad or hopeless”, considered suicide, and used marijuana.

“Those behavioral health things we’ve talked about are a concern for our kids,” said Superintendent Mike McNeff.

Other actions

– The board discussed updates on work being done by the district’s Grading and Reporting Committee.

– The board discussed and approved the district’s fiscal audit report.

– A first reading of the 2018-19 school calendar was tabled.

– The board approved the consent agenda, which included December meeting minutes, bills, financial reports and pledged securities.

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