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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A look to the future

Some folks have asked if I could post the power point I used for the Look to the Future session on Back to School Night.  A PDF of that power point is at this link   (  The first half is just about changes going on now with our infrastructure and the proposed changes that may happen after the re-organization vote.  The second half is a little but about school finance and the impact of declining enrollment on school programs.  Don't know if that will mean much to folks, but if you want further explanation, just let me know.

We are still collecting signatures for the re-organization election.  We are very close to having the 400 necessary signatures in North Fayette and are short  less than 100 for the Valley side.  These signatures are not to approve the re-organization, just to call for an election in both districts for re-organization.  If either election fails to reach a simple majority then we continue as is, if it passes we become the North Fayette Valley School District but you would only notice minimal changes to our existing operations.  In order to re-organize into one district, in July of 2018, we need to have these elections in 2017.

Look for the opportunity to sign these petitions at the Music Boosters dinner and football game on Friday night!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lt. Governor speaks out on absenteeism

In the DM Register this morning we find Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds making a plea to help public education with a chronic problem:  absenteeism.  Regular Student Attendance is Vital for Student Success

Some of you may have received a letter from NFV this summer noting that 15 days absent in a year is considered chronic.  Many parents with students absent that often have perfectly good reasons; injury, extended illness, family strife, etc. The empathy and compassion we have those situations is real, however, the impact on educational success is still there.  In unavoidable cases as above we come to understand and deal with the reality.  However, for students who do not fit in that category, how may "just not feel well every other week," it has become clear through research that school attendance is a barrier to success.

Our efforts at Intake Conference this year is to kick start a communications relationship with teachers.  Working together for your student's education is the best possible way to foster success.  The first priority to do that work should be regular attendance.

Or to think of it in another way, 15 days is almost 8.5% absenteeism.  In a 260 day work year, thats 22 days of sick leave.  Would that be appropriate at your work place?