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Some East Grand Forks student test scores soared 27 percentage points higher in one subject area this year compared to 2014, according to state test scores released Thursday. The 2015...
For LaVerda Frueh, it was puppy love at first sight. After suffering from two significant losses, the 62-year-old eased her sadness by adopting Max, a months-old Chihuahua.
A study released this month links higher dropout rates nationwide to increased hydraulic fracturing, but some North Dakota superintendents do see a link. Fracking increased the high school dropout rates among teenage males more than females from 2000 to 2013, according to the study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The 2015-17 teachers contract Grand Forks School Board members soon will vote on settled key points over compensation and prep time that nearly led negotiators into an impasse after several meetings. Negotiators from the School Board and the Grand Forks Education Association avoided asking for state intervention Wednesday after reaching agreements on teacher salaries and an approach to add more elementary teacher prep time. The agreement came after months of occasionally contentious meetings.
After months of sometimes combative discussions, Grand Forks teachers and School Board members have reached a tentative agreement on the 2015-17 teachers contract. Both sides spent three and a half hours Wednesday ironing out salaries and approving language for more elementary prep time, the two biggest sources of disagreement since talks began in late April. Negotiating School Board members made a last-ditch offer for a total 9.92 percent increase including benefits over the two years, what one board member referred to as "the largest increase to a contract in the history of the school district." Salaries for a first-year teacher woul
Grand Forks high school students can now take a shot at trapshooting. Following concerns of cost and safety, the Grand Forks School District recently approved endorsing clay target shooting as a club. An agreement between the district and the Grand Forks Gun Club, which has been pushing the district to offer the sport, shifts most of the responsibility to the club, according to district documents. Club members assured School Board members on Monday about sport safety and liability, citing the incident-free track record of the U.S.A. High School Clay Target League since 2001.
As Grand Forks teacher contract talks continue to heat up, one member of the School Board negotiating team has been watching from the sidelines. Eric Lunn, a negotiation team member, attended only "one or two" of the meetings that began in May, he said. Conflicts stemming from his new role this year as president of Altru Health System have prevented consistent attendance, and he warned board members beforehand this would likely occur, he said. Teacher contract negotiation sessions have grown occasionally contentious this year.
Two East Grand Forks students earned gold medals at the national Family Career and Community Leaders of America Convention, likely a first in the school district's history, said advisers. Emmy Heisler and Brynn Hillman, soon-to-be eighth graders at Central Middle School, were among 4,200 who competed in various categories at the Washington, D.C., event earlier this month, according to advisers. The nonprofit FCCLA, formerly known as Future Homemakers of America, is a career and technical student organization that promotes growth and leadership development among its 200,000 members.
North Dakota school districts will have to follow new requirements for the number of necessary tutors next fall. The state Department of Public Instruction recently informed districts of a new formula to determine the number of necessary student performance strategists, or tutors. The law previously required one full-time equivalent tutor for every 400 students in kindergarten through third grade.
West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Grand Forks. The report of the virus in mosquitoes falls on the same day North Dakota's first human case was reported. A McLean County female in her 40s has a less severe form of the virus, which can lead to fever, headache and sometimes death, according Michelle Feist, epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health.