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Paynesville Press - November 10, 2004

Principal pleased with Homecoming behavior

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

*The board approved an updated seniority list for food service personnel.

*The board approved an updated seniority list for teachers.

*The board approved hiring Karla Nett as the assistant coach for girls' basketball this winter and Carrie Hemmesch as the ninth grade coach for girls' basketball.

*The board approved a six-week maternity leave request for middle school teacher Alycia Long, who is due around the end of December.

*The board approved a resignation request from Kyle Nehowig as head football coach.

*The board approved hiring Becki Quade as teacher and Kris Lang as her assistant for the Community Education preschool program for the 2004-05 school year.

*The board was told by high school principal John Janotta that student behavior this year during Homecoming week was the best in several years and that he was pleased overall, though there were some incidents. Police did report some students to school, Janotta said. And increased activities, like a dance that attracted 160 students, helped student behavior to focus in the right direction, Janotta added.

*The board learned from Janotta and elementary principal Deb Gillman about the district's switch to a new administrative computer program, JMC. After one quarter, teachers in the middle and high schools have used the program to grade at least one class, with many teachers already using it to keep grades for all their classes, which is the goal for the second quarter, said Janotta.

In the elementary school, satisfaction with the program was not as high, according to Gillman, because the company still has not developed a report card for fifth graders. Instead, paper report cards were used for the first quarter. The goal at the elementary school is to develop a fifth-grade report card and then proceed to lower grades: fourth, third, second, etc.

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