School Talk: School calendar filled with events

]Time for a change. Yes, it is time for the seasonal change from winter to spring. Although moisture is desperately needed to restore soil moisture, the number of classroom instructional hours lost to weather related conditions now totals over 30. Extra curricular contest scheduling has also been interrupted due to weather conditions. The remaining 32 days of the school year will be filled with daytime activity and after school events.

The school board Study Session scheduled for April 11 was canceled due to weather conditions. The Study Session has been rescheduled for April 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Topics for discussion at the Study Session include: A report from financial consultants about financing options for renovating the district parking lots, a discussion about options for use of referendum funding in 2013-14 and an update of the technology improvements made this school year.

Community residents interested in being considered for appointment to the school board are r##eminded that application forms must be completed and returned to the district office no later than Friday, April 19. Selection of the appointee is projected to take place at the April 25 school board meeting. The appointee will serve until the next general election which is November of 2014.

The 2013 Minnesota legislative session is proceeding swiftly toward adjournment on May 18. Omnibus Education bills will be authored in both the House and Senate. There will be major differences in each bill which w#ill require conference committee discussion to reach consensus on compromise language.

The week of April 21-27 has been designated as National Volunteer Week. ISD 88 is blessed with several volunteers in our schools on a daily basis. Volunteerism is a two way street. The students and staff benefit from the work of volunteers. The volunteers benefit from being appreciated by students and staff plus the knowledge that they are valued and making an important contribution to our school system and the community.