Eagle Update: School year flying by
I continue to be amazed at how fast a school year goes by. We are weeks from the halfway point of the school year. Seasons have changed, activities switched from fall to winter and we are planning for spring. During all of this, our staff has maintained their focus on providing excellent programming for all of our students. Soon our elementary and middle school students will take mid-year tests to measure their growth as compared to fall. These tests help us to adjust instruction and programs for the second half of the school year.
Recently, our district was nationally recognized for our work with technology in the classroom. Our teachers are offering engaging strategies to offer instruction, providing opportunities to work collaboratively and are teaching students how to find reliable and factual information for their course work. We have been doing this for years. Congratulations to our teachers for their work to increase their professional skills in the technology arena.
The school board received the annual district audit at the November board meeting. The audit was clean, meaning no findings or issues with fiscal accounting practices. We have a great team in our business office, ensuring that all fiscal laws and district policies are followed. We are pleased to maintain a positive fund balance, providing stability and flexibility should there be any future changes in the local, state or federal economy. By policy, we are required to maintain at least 45 days of operating expenses in our fund balance. Through proper fiscal management – while supporting our students to meet their needs, we are well above the minimum number of days required.
Our school board members are dedicated individuals who take extra efforts to learn and grow as school board members. Each year, they attend the annual Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) conference to learn and share ideas with other schools. Throughout the year, board members sign up for educational sessions to continue their learning and to gain additional understanding of board work. Over the past few years, two of our board members have represented New Ulm as delegates at MSBA’s annual assembly to review legislative proposals regarding school issues. As you can see, our board members are involved, working together to ensure our students, staff and families have the tools they need to be successful.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.