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Additional teaching staff hired for multilingual students

Park Rapids has seen an increase in students who don’t speak English as their native language and an additional instructor has been hired to help these students.

Beth Baker-Knuttila was hired at Monday night’s Park Rapids Area School Board meeting as a .5 FTE English Language Learners instructor with the condition of Minnesota Department of Education approval.

An English Language Learner is a person who is learning the English language in addition to their native language.

Century School principal Joleen De La Hunt said staff is working to refine the process of instruction and assessment of these students and it is going well.

Century is also working throughout the year on updating the social studies curriculum. Staff is looking at ways to use technology and eBooks to supplement teaching. New curriculum will be introduced in the fall of 2014.

In other business, the board:

- Heard the annual Veterans Day program at Century will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

- High school National Honor Society inductees will be recognized at 8 a.m. today (Wednesday), Oct. 23 at the high school.

- Heard 126 students are now utilizing Targeted Services.

- Recognized October Student of the Month Nathanael Rairdon.

- Approved the retirement of Betty Haukebo, secretary at Century, with regret and thanks for 21 years of service.

- Accepted a donation from Arvig of $2,858 for Park Rapids Area Schools.

- Accepted donations of checkbook registers to the sixth grade Panther Dollars Incentive program from TruStar Credit Union, Northwoods Bank, Citizens National Bank and State Bank of Park Rapids.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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