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Warroad (Minn.) Public School is trying to secure a digital fabrication lab for its students and the community, according to industrial technology teacher Jeremy Culleton. The lab would provide use of machines such as laser cutters to complement and advance learning, he said. "It kind of opens up teachers to different ways of teaching," he said. The district has applied for a $30,000 matching grant that would fund a working space for the lab, he said.
Grand Forks schools will receive better safety measures because of North Dakota legislative funding, according to a report at Monday's School Board meeting. Senate Bill 2267 provides districts across the state with safety funding. For Grand Forks, that means $430,822 will go toward providing secure entry systems, two-way radios, security cameras and other items, according to Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson. The goal is to have all items installed by the 2015-2016 school year.
When Central High School student SaNoah LaRoque graduates this spring, she wants to wear an eagle feather. In her culture, it's an important symbol that indicates strength and honor, she said. "It's not just a decoration," she said. For years, American Indian students have been denied the request because of school policy. But within a few weeks, school administrators may reverse that decision. If they favor student requests like LaRoque's, it would be a first for the district and end a year of discussion between students and administrators on whether it's a right.
Minnesota school districts are not allowed to charge students for costs related to postsecondary classes, according to a state Department of Education spokesman. A state employee clarified the longtime rule Thursday after a story about the Greenbush Middle River School District ran Wednesday in the Herald.
Rosemary Wharton loved her music students and they loved her back. Former students and other teachers said this recently as they spoke with delight about a Grand Forks woman whose whimsical and fun nature made class "magical." Wharton, a longtime elementary music teacher in Grand Forks, died Jan. 4 in Roseville, Minn., where she had resided since 2011 at an assisted living facility.
One northwest Minnesota school district recently stopped wrongfully charging students for college classes, a decision that could result in hundreds or possibly more being refunded to families. A total of $1,025 will be refunded to families in the Greenbush Middle River School District this year after the district charged students $25 for each college class they'd taken, school officials said.
After a tragic bus accident last week, students in Larimore, N.D., found support at a recent state agriculture conference, according to the district. Four students who attended a state Future Farmers of America leadership conference in Bismarck last week were given a banner with the words "Larimore Strong," said Patty Aanensen, district athletic director. The banner, signed by all conference attendees, was given to honor Larimore teacher Max Danner and 17-year-old student Cassidy Sandstrom. The two died Jan.
Leah Peterson of Fargo said she wants high education standards, but opposes the way Common Core State Standards came to be. "It's not necessarily one or two things," said Peterson, an active member of the group Stop Common Core in North Dakota. "It's a combination of things together that makes it offensive." Controversy over Common Core State Standards continues to divide some North Dakotans, with both sides claiming misinformation is being spread.
A recent $20,000 gift will help provide counseling services for Grand Forks School District students and scholarship funding, according to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education.
A nervous wreck. That’s how one Larimore, N.D., woman felt hours after discovering the bus that carried her children safely home from school collided into a train -- in the very same spot her father was killed five years ago. Amy Burns, who works for the school district, was driving home from work when someone stopped her on the road. She didn’t know anything was amiss. “They said, ‘Where are your boys?’” she said. “I told them they were at home. They said, ‘Get home. The bus just hit the train.’”