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QUICK NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Greetings Patrons of the Edmore School District

Greetings Parents/Guardians:

                I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  It is always nice to get together with family to enjoy a great meal with conversation and participating in family traditions. Our students enjoyed their Thanksgiving meal a week early, including turkey and fixings. I did find out that most students enjoy the mashed potatoes and gravy but were not keen on squash.  Perhaps squash is a vegetable that people develop a taste for later in life.

The month of December will go by quickly and that will bring an end to our first semester.  Students will need to remain focused on their academics during the Christmas holiday as most of the high school students are enrolled in distance education courses. Utilizing distance education courses allow for our students to have access to over one hundred elective classes to choose from but requires academic discipline as students need to stay on top of completing assignments even during the holiday season.

2023 Legislative Session       

As most people are aware, every odd-numbered year the ND legislature convenes in Bismarck to process introduced bills that affect the citizenry of North Dakota. This session will be the first session that both house and senate members will fall under the term-limit parameters for legislators. Going forward, a state legislator can serve two terms in the house and two terms in the senate provided the individual is elected to the office.  Approximately 17 states have enacted term limits for State officials. It will be interesting to observe consequences of the newly passed measure on our political system and our citizenry.

There are several potential bills that may be introduced during the 2023 legislative session. One potential bill would reduce the mills assessed for K12 education from 60 to 30 mills. Property taxes assessed for K12 education would be cut in half with the State making up the difference in per pupil payments. As I have stated in earlier newsletters, Edmore public school has not faired well with the newly adjusted funding formulas and has received less money from the State for the past several sessions. Part of the reason for less State monies is a result of declining enrollment, but another reason relates to the change in the K12 funding formula and the effect it has on schools with declining enrollment. The Edmore school district has been hit hard in recent years and this trend will continue as our enrollment continues to decline.  I will continue to keep our patrons abreast of K12 legislative bills throughout the 2023 session.

On behalf of the school board, administration, staff and students we would like to thank the Edmore school district patrons for their continued support of K12 education.

Enjoy the Christmas holiday and safe travels throughout our winter season.

 

Professionally,

 

Frank Schill, Superintendent

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