Board approves adding profile standards to package

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/6/00.

Four standards were included in the Profile of Learning plan in the elementary school curriculum in order to continue to receive federal Title I funds.

Todd Burlingame, elementary principal, presented the Paynesville Area School Board with the elementary Profile of Learning plan at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The elementary school had submitted a Profile of Learning content standards implementation plan in July which did not include math and reading for the upcoming year. School districts were informed in early November that to continue to receive Federal Title I funds, the two standards had to be included.

"We were told we needed nine standards to be eligible for Title I funds," Burlingame told the board. The elementary staff met Monday, Nov. 27, and rewrote its content standards implementation plan, this time including math and reading.

Burlingame said all schools in the state are required to implement this plan if they wish to continue receiving federal Title I funds.

Subject areas included in the local plan are language arts, reading, social studies, music, math, science, health, history, and visual arts.

With the board's approval of the standards, the district can continue to receive $152,000 in Title I funds.

Other business
•The board approved the seniority lists for food service employees, custodial employees, and professional staff.

•The board approved using half of the allocated two percent of staff development account to pay for teacher salaries during local teacher inservice days.
In the past, salaries during inservice days have come out of the general fund and not the staff development account.

•The board approved a timeline for a budget adjustment process. (See related story.)

•The board met with Senator Michelle Fischbach and Representative Doug Stang to discuss issues for the upcoming legislative session. Topics included educational funding, declining enroll-ment, transportation funding, and community education.

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