Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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Ben Franklin Elementary student Max Martens, who will enter the second grade this fall, helped his school raise $5,023 for Jump Rope for Heart, an annual fundraiser held through his gym classes. The fundraiser benefits research, community programs and education related to heart health.
Starting next fall, eighth-grade Grand Forks students who struggle with reading will be required to take an additional reading course. Students who score below their grade level on two tests and earn a D or F in their English class will be required to enroll, according to a letter sent to parents. The new policy was approved by the School Board at its last meeting.
For one month during the summer, children at Phoenix Elementary School stay busy. In groups large and small, they play educational games on mini iPads, learn the alphabet and how to follow directions, all to get a jump on kindergarten.
Grand Forks Public School District did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress this year, as did all but 13 of 175 districts statewide, according to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.
Voters wanted a change on the Grand Forks School Board and that choice was reflected at the polls Tuesday, said elected members.
Both incumbents and newcomers won in the Grand Forks School Board race, according to complete but unofficial election results.
Angie Jonassen, principal at Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School on the Grand Forks Air Force Base, will be reassigned to serve as principal at West Elementary School, according to a request approved by the Grand Forks School Board on Monday.
The Grand Forks School Board voted Monday to freeze Superintendent Larry Nybladh’s salary for one year.
Several Grand Forks School Board members gave the board mostly positive scores this year in a self-review discussed Monday.
On paper, Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks seemed to have a big problem. Over the past three years, it received 20 health inspection deficiencies from regulators. Last year alone, it received eight deficiencies, higher than the state average of 5.6 and the national average of 6.8.