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QUICK NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Greetings Patrons of the Edmore School District

Greetings Parents/Guardians:

 

                Last month I mentioned that I thought we turned the corner on old man winter but lately he still shows his presence with an occasional snow accumulation. Winter may not be finished yet but late Friday evening the 66th North Dakota legislative session wrapped up. It was an interesting session of which I will mention a few bills affecting K12 education.

 

HB1351

House bill 1531 was introduced by Representative Dennis Johnson among other legislators at the urging of an area superintendent and myself. This bill would allow a school board to hire a “local expert” to teach a class if the person was a high school graduate, had 4,000 hours of experience in the content area in the past five years, and the individual would participate in the state teacher mentorship program.  The intent of this bill was to allow a school board to continue to offer a class or a program to students while a licensed teacher could be located and hired. Through the legislative process HB1531 was rolled into SB2265 and finally into SB2015 on Friday evening and was passed.

 

Other legislation changed reporting student contact time from contact days to contact hours. In essence this allows more flexibility for making up storm-related closures or events that come up where school may need to be dismissed early or a late start would need to occur.

 

Per student payments increased from $9646 to $9839 and the ability for a local school board to levy a twelve percent increase beyond the 60 mills they presently levy but not exceed 70 mills. As the student enrollment in Edmore decreases, resulting in less State aid, the school board will determine if they need additional revenue. The recent legislation would allow the school board to request 7.2 additional mills to the current 60 mills if necessary.

 

HB1332

House bill 1332 passed and is better known as the first responder bill. This would allow a school board of a rural district to utilize an armed first responder in their building. Training requirements of the responder would be required and communication with law enforcement as well. Rules for this bill will be developed in the near-future. The Edmore School Board will process whether they believe there is a need for a first-responder once the criteria is developed.

 

I am sure I have missed other K12 related legislation but will keep the school board and district patrons informed as the administrative rules emerge from the legislation. As a superintendent I am thankful that the State of North Dakota convenes every other year as opposed to every year. This allows for the dust to settle in the K12 education world once legislation is passed and we get approximately 18 months to acclimate and implement new century code before the next legislative session begins.

 

                On behalf of the Edmore school board, staff, and students, we would like to thank the Edmore patrons for their continued support of educating our children.

 

Professionally

Frank Schill, Superintendent

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