Crisis management now the ‘new normal’ in the schools

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Little Falls Community High School Assistant Principal Mike Olson spoke to the Board Tuesday night about crisis management in the schools and the new normal of doing business.

He said each classroom has a new crisis kit and the climate and safety plans have been updated in all the schools. The district has updated security systems throughout the district and there will be unplanned lock downs periodically.

Annually, the district will have five lock downs, five fire drills and one tornado drill.

Olson also gave board members an idea of promoting Flyer pride with core behaviors showing respect, responsibility, positive attitude and safety. Schools have planned celebrations when prizes will be given out to students showing Flyer pride.

There have been 433 incidents of problem behavior in the district since the beginning of school. Most of those problems have been in the realm of tardiness, technology violations, defiance and disrespect and skipping school.

“We can’t guarantee student success, but we can guarantee a response to the lack of success,” he said.

Olson also told the School Board that Morrison County will be officially proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Community. The Yellow Ribbon Summit will take place Saturday, June 1, in St. Cloud.

The objective of a Yellow Ribbon Network is to establish and sustain local support efforts which connect and coordinate agencies, organizations, resources and employers to meet the needs of service members, military families and employers.

Olson said the county has united to form a sustainable Yellow Ribbon commitment within all key areas to support, honor and recognize military members and all who touch them.

Little Falls School Board briefs

Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Tuesday night included:

• Changing the school’s 2012-13 calendar due to the four snow days experienced this winter. Monday will now be a full day of school; Wednesday, May 15 will be a full day of school instead of an early release day; Friday, May 31 will be the new last day of school instead of Thursday, May 30; and what was the early release day of May 15, will be moved to the last day of school, making it a half day. To make up for lost days of work, staff will have make-up days June 3 – 4, plus have the option of staying after school for two days, work April 1 (Easter Monday) or add a make-up day during the first week in June;

• Voting to accept the food service request for proposal committee’s recommendation to enter into contract negotiations with A’viands to become the food service management company for the district. The company is based in Roseville, was established in 2003 and is ranked in the top 25 food service companies in the U.S.;

• Hearing from Little Falls Community High School Princpal Tim Bjorge that the Flyer robotics team took 10th place out of 47 teams in its first attempt in robotics competition. He would like to see it put into the budget and recognized as a school program;

• Learning that, due to sequestration, the district may lose between $70,900 and $87,000 in federal funds, approximately 5.9 percent, for special education and Title programs;

• Bjorge telling the Board about the No Boys Allowed (NBA) industrial arts class that will be included in the 2013-14 school year. He said 34 girls have already signed up;

• Hearing that Business Manager Nancy Henderson received the Central Office Person Outstanding Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators;

• Voting to rent 61.25 acres of land to Scott Doroff for $18 per acre for one year;

• Accepting donations from LaVerne’s Travel Agency to arrange travel for the senior high Flyer Band tour at no commission; $500 from the Little Falls Lions Club for the Minnesota Reading Corps; $400 from the Federated Co-ops Inc. for the high school scholarship fund; a percussion clinic for all percussionists in the massed band, supplies worth $100 and one drum lesson for every percussionist in the district; and 500 pounds of food for the food shelf donated during the massed band concert.

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m.