By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Little Falls Community High School Principal Tim Bjorge told the School Board he was looking to change from a six- to a seven-period school day for the 2014-15 school year.
“With a six-period day, the students have no time for electives,” said Bjorge at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. “A seven-period day would also increase mediation time availability. Before, students had to be taken out of another class.”
There would also be more flexible time to schedule classes in two-hour increments if needed.
“That flex-time would be used for field work for say, the forestry class, if they needed it,” said Bjorge.
Classes would be varied in length from 25 minutes to 100 minutes.
With the seven-hour day, classes would be 50 minutes long versus the 59 current minutes. The advisory period would move to the end of the day.
“This is a great idea for students to explore different career options,” said Board Member Cathy Adamek.
Bjorge also talked about an increase in graduation requirements. He would like to see the class of 2017 graduate with 48 semester credits and the class of 2018 with 50 credits.
Bjorge is asking the board to approve several new classes during the March meeting. They include agriculture business management, gardening I and II, an art appreciation class and an American College Testing (ACT) preparation class. Others include money management skills, marketing principles, introduction to robots, experiential education, building construction, applied higher algebra, men’s and women’s choir, health occupations, the history of sport and year-long Spanish and French language classes.
The proposal will be voted on at the March business meeting.
Little Falls School Board briefs
Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Tuesday night included:
• Voting to hire Joni Gilder-Rone as a three-hour paraprofessional at Lindbergh Elementary School; Jeannette Justin as a lunch account monitor at the High School, Jean Otremba as a kitchen assistant at the Middle School and LaJoy Scepurek as a paraprofessional at Kids Korner;
• Accepting the resignation of Rebecca Magnan-Doroff as a lunch account monitor at Lindbergh Elementary School;
• Allowing Melanie Doroff to take a long-term medical leave;
• Accepting a lane change for Jennifer McLachlan from a bachelor of science plus 45 to a master of science;
• Approving the 2014 Grad Bash and all the fees, facility use and staff costs for the event;
• Accepting gifts from Great River Regional Library ($234.71), Hormel Foods ($25), Benedict Lapos ($400), Curtis Olson Auxiliary ($150), Curtis Olson VFW ($200), Randall Cushing Lions ($100), Sobieski Lions ($100), Coborn’s ($150), Dairy Queen of Little Falls ($52), Wells Fargo ($700), Patrick Furnstahl, ($700), National Exchange Club ($4,000), Pentair Foundation ($5,000), City of Randall ($4,000), Little Falls Sportsmen Club ($400), Robert Walker ($182.50), Ryan and Laura Bayne ($20) and Randy and Ann Walker ($150);
• Learning the Channel 6 negotiations are ongoing and they will not be finalized for at least two weeks;
• Giving permission to life science teacher Reid Bellig to take students on an eco-tour of Costa Rica in 2015;
The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, March 3, beginning at 5 p.m.