Dates set at Little Falls Schools for the new year

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 19-20, new teacher induction will be held in the Little Falls School District. It will be an acclimation period for teachers to learn the operations of the district. There will be sessions on technology, district policies and procedures and human resources information. New teachers will meet and confer with their mentors and the principals will meet their new teachers at their perspective buildings.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, there will be a Little Falls elementary school open house at the children’s schools from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Little Falls Community Middle School will have its open house.

From  Monday – Thursday, Aug. 25 -28, is the Little Falls traditional four-day back-to-school workshops. All staff will gather in the Little Falls Community High School auditorium the first day and from there they will head to specific training sessions. The time will also  be used for teachers to ready themselves for the beginning of the new school year.

Elementary students at Little Falls District Schools will begin the 2014-15 school year Tuesday, Sept. 2, with all the other students.

The Little Falls School Board learned at Monday’s meeting that there are still a few jobs that need filling within the District. They include a custodian, a cleaner and a long-term speech and language therapist.

Little Falls School Board Briefs


Little Falls School Board business Tuesday night included:

•Voting to allow the administration to hire more teachers for the upcoming school year if necessary. Supt. Stephen Jones said that historically, new students enroll on the first day of school. If that is the case, the district may need one more teacher  for a second grade class at Lindbergh Elementary and possibly another teacher for a fourth grade class at Lincoln Elementary. The district’s targets are 20 students per class for kindergarten and first grades, 22 students per class for second grade, 24 students per class for third and fourth grades and 26 students per class for fifth grade;

•Voting to provide space to Atomic Learning if needed for an amount to be determined;

•Proposing to change the rates paid to substitutes in the district by an increase of 0 percent to 25.3 percent, depending on the job. The pay rates were last reviewed in 2008;

•Hearing a report from Human Resources Director Aaron Sinclair that Little Falls offers its short-term substitute teachers $100 per day and that he would like to increase it to $110 to be more competitive with other districts. That provision will be voted on at a future meeting;

•Learning there will be five community meetings on the district’s facilities. Jones said the newest building is the Community High School and it’s 42 years old. “We need to start the conversation,” he said. The meetings will be scheduled at each of the schools from Tuesday, August 19, to  Thursday, Sept. 4; and

•Discussing the three school board seats up for re-election. They include Sharon Ballou, Brad Laager and Mark Gerbi. If interested in filing, the dates to do so are from Tuesday to Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the end of the business day. The filing fee is $2 and registration is at the district offices at the Community High School.

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m.