Canby elementary and high school are ready for the new year

Preparations for the new school year was one of the many topics discussed at the Aug. 22 school board meeting.

Canby High School Principal Dr. Robert Slaba commented that they, “ ... had the kids back in for about a week doing schedule changes. That’s been fun, being able to chat with them.”

This week will start the full week in-service with all the teachers/staff.

“We are ready to start school. We’ll start with the staff next week and the kids after. It’s always good to bring in a school year. We love doing that,” commented Slaba.

Canby Elementary Principal Ryan Arndt said that enrollment is growing. The elementary is currently at 295 students and preschool is getting full.

Currently the kindergarten class is sitting at 49. One class 24 and the other 25, and each class room has a full time para.

Parent virtual meeting is planned on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

There was math training last week to start the new curriculum. Arndt had fifth and sixth grad teachers in planning the new schedule. PBIS met last week as well to get things started.

Open House is on Aug. 31 from 5-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet teachers and drop off school supplies. The Burger Feed is from 5-7 p.m.

The music position is still available at the elementary. Arndt does have a back up plan if the position is not filled by the time school starts.

Amy Gorder will be moving to the elementary to teach sixth grade reading.

Superintendent Ryan Nielsen said that they will be changing the bus route identification this year. A long with the number on the bus there will also be a decal, a colored animal.

“Sometimes the numbers can get mixed up,” Nielsen said. “Hopefully this will help the younger kids remember their bus.”

Review and Comment from the referendum has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education and is currently being reviewed.

Besides the music position and a couple of para positions the school is fully staffed.

The high school sprinkler system cannot be properly tested because where the main valve is there is no drain.

The costs to fix and update the system could be $12,000-$13,000. Nielsen would like to get a couple more quotes before moving forward.

Dana Mamer took the district office/A. D. Administrative Assistant position.

The underground storage tank repair at the bus garage is done.

Nielsen did apply for the electric bus grant. The bus costs $375,000 and the charger can cost up to $20,000.

If they get the grant, they’ll be eligible for more money through the state to cover any additional costs.

Nielsen feels this would be a good step forward as its a free bus and gives the school the opportunity to try it for free.

Nielsen does believe the federal government will eventually push the schools in the electric bus direction in the future.

The board approved the bills totalling $707,903.25 for July of this year. They’re are a lot of big expenditures such as two buses, parking lot work and the cement work done.

School Board President Nathan Thorpe was on the facility committee and spoke of the two companies, Kraus Anderson or R A Morton, that the school is looking at to hire for the project manager position.

Both companies have great reviews and referrals from surrounding areas and projects.

The board felt that R. A. Morton is the best fit for Canby. R. A. Morton is a smaller company focusing on rural schools and the bid came in over $200,000 less than Kraus Anderson. The board approved the hiring of R. A. Morton.

The Coaches Evaluation Committee met, discussed, and reviewed a couple of tools for the coaches evaluation.

The tool communicates with coaches and assistant coaches in regards to roles, duties, expectations, and a rating of the coaches performances.

The board approved the Coach Evaluation. Perry Fink will do the head coach evaluations and the coaches will evaluate their assistant coaches.

The board approved 2022-2023 safe return to school plan. Face coverings are not mandatory but students/staff who wish to wear masks will be supported.

The school would like to encourage social distancing when possible.

If you are not feeling well, do not come to school. If you are at school and do not feel well, go home.

If your family has tested positive, please follow the department of health guidelines.

The board approved the Resolution Calling for Board Election. On the ballot will be Trica Beultel, Suzanne Fairchild, Brittany Kockelman, and Angie Guptill.

The board approved the Minnesota State High School League Resolution.

The board approved to hirer Ashley Hibma for the nurses position. She has a four year RN license degree and is fluent in Spanish and is working on her interpreter license.

The board approved Policy 524. The school has to notify parents within 30 days of the school year of any curriculum, testing or assessment technology provider contract effecting the students educational data.

The board approved Policy 416 Drug and Alcohol Testing and approved Policy 418 Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School.

The board approved multiple non-substantive policy and mandated revision approval: 104, 404, 420, 506, 508, 509, 517, 522, 525, 527, 528, 529, 532, 533, 601, 602, 613, 617, 618, 619, 620, 624, 701, 701.1, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 720, 722, 801, 802, 805 and 806.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

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