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CROOKSTON—A new American Indian liaison for Crookston Public Schools, who some say has made strong progress with students, has been placed on temporary paid leave. Jonathan Stronstad, who was hired as a part-time liaison Dec. 15, said he just wants to keep his job. He feels administration is targeting the position and the American Indian Education program, he said. "I just want to go back and help those kids," he said.
Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh received high ratings on his annual evaluation. School Board members didn't discuss the evaluation before they approved it at a Monday meeting. According to the superintendent evaluation committee, Nybladh consistently meets expectations related to leadership, long-term districtwide planning and communication with the public and district personnel.
One Grand Forks student set to attend Central High School next year told the School Board Monday his heart belongs to Red River High School. Justin Erickson, who attends South Middle School, spoke to board members about the way he feels new school boundary lines will affect his future. The school boundary lines, which went into effect for the first time this fall, have sparked questions and frustration in some families who live close to Red River but must send their students across town. The district draws the lines to determine where students attend school.
A new Advanced Placement study program allows North Dakota high school students to take at least one AP test at no cost. Part of the state "Leveraging the Senior Year" program, students can take at least one AP exam in English, math and science — including computer science — without paying a fee, according to a release Monday from the state Department of Public Instruction.
The Grand Forks School Board approved starting the school day for elementary students 15 minutes later next year. After a detailed presentation by several teachers and administrators, the board approved starting the instructional day at 8:20 a.m. instead of 8:05 a.m. every day to give elementary teachers more prep time.
Grand Forks city and school officials moved a half-step closer last week to resolving a longtime downtown parking problem. The school facilities committee approved a recommendation Thursday renewing garage parking next to Central High School, but did not resolve what will happen to a parcel of land at University Avenue and North Fifth Street. School officials have long wanted to demolish the buildings there and build a lot, but city officials have opposed the idea.
CROOKSTON—Three American Indian fifth-graders sat at a table recently, drawing and reading. Jon Stronstad cracked a few jokes with them. As the district's new American Indian liaison, he spends the first hour his day at Highland Elementary School with the girls, helping them finish up any homework before class. His first priority was to get these students and about a dozen others to school, he said.
Mike Kolness will be the next superintendent of East Grand Forks Public Schools. Kolness, superintendent of Ada-Borup (Minn.) Public Schools, verbally agreed to a three-year contract with the district, School...
The Grand Forks Public Schools facilities committee voted 3-1 Thursday in favor of a recommendation to renew a contract with the city for Central High School parking spots. The recommendation, which must be approved by the School Board, is a result of at least two years of discussion between city officials and Grand Forks School Board members about a solution for parking for the school's students. The recommendation renews the school's 97 parking spots on a garage next to the school, with the option to go up to 150 spots.
A spring writing and reading conference for Grand Forks students aims to battle the allure of cellphones and "get kids back into books," according to one co-leader of the event. Teen students will spend April 9 listening to young adult authors and attending sessions on blogging, graphic novels and screenwriting for the first "Waging WAR for literacy"—WAR stands for Writing and Reading—conference held at Red River High School.