Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit www.grandforksherald.com.
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One year after high radon levels were detected at UND, all affected housing units have been sufficiently mitigated, according to a university spokesman. UND installed fans and did follow-up readings on a dozen of the campus' Six Plex units that had higher-than-average radon levels last year, said spokesman Peter Johnson.
Dennis Braley said his hand-carved plaques were intended as a gift for veterans. Now, the Grand Forks man's generosity has won him a year of free fuel -- about $2,000 worth -- and a case of engine oil from Cenex. Braley was nominated by his longtime neighbors for the Tanks of Thanks program for his dedication to area veterans. He's among 10 people from 10 different states chosen as a special way to recognize the program's fourth year, according to Cenex.
Every year, music teacher Krista Bernstein holds her breath. In August, the Plummer, Minn., teacher prepares like anyone else. She sets up her bulletin board, organizes her classroom and narrows down songs her elementary students will sing in upcoming months. But for nearly a decade, she's been teaching at Red Lake County Central Elementary without a degree. And each year, she doesn't know if she'll have a job. Bernstein teaches in Plummer through a non-licensed community expert agreement with the state Board of Teaching.
With tight parking posing a problem near Central High School, the Grand Forks School Board on Monday approved a lease providing more than two dozen new spaces. The board agreed to lease 29 to 33 spots from CenturyLink for $6,000 per year with little discussion. The school used the same lot — located at the corner of North Sixth Street and First Avenue North — for staging during its theater renovation, and in this instance it's considered a "short-term" solution, according to minutes from a district facilities committee meeting earlier this month. Finding a solution for parkin
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.