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Mentoring program at Century School connects students

Park Rapids high schoolers are taking time to mentor younger students at Century.

"We have 18 senior high school peer mentors that are working with our middle school students during eighth hour," said Century School principal Bruce Gravalin.

The students have already logged 282 hours with the younger students.

"What they do is help with homework and some good, healthy conversation with younger kids," he said. "It's a good deal."

The tutoring program at the high school has also been successful, said principal Jeff Johnson. It is held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

"We have 20 plus kids that show up," he said ... It's definitely showing up on the report cards."

Students receive extra help from teachers who stay after school to help with homework.

In other business, the board:

n Approved hiring Joleen DeLaHunt as Century School kindergarten through eighth grade principal. She has been the elementary principal at Menahga School and will replace Gravalin, who has announced his retirement.

n Approved extra-curricular volunteer Chad Harshman to be a track coach.

n Approved the non-renewal of non-tenured Title I/Title I Stimulus teacher Alicia Hillesland.

n Approved the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school calendar.

n Heard that students earned $1,064 for the American Heart Association at Hoops for Heart, a three-on-three basketball tournament held over the weekend. Teacher Aaron Galzki organized the event.

n Read an open government proclamation stating the Park Rapids Area School Board will "work diligently to enhance the public's access to government records and information, to increase information provided electronically and online, and to ensure that all meetings of deliberative bodies under its jurisdiction, and their committees, are fully noticed and open to the public.

n Received an update that April is testing month at the schools. Students will be testing at both the high school and Century.

High school students will also be registering for classes. The registration catalog has been modified and has the largest changes in language arts, Johnson said.

"They've done a little tweeking as they've gone through the curriculum review committee," Johnson said.

The committee has been working on where electives should be within language arts.

n Heard that budget requisitions for instructional supply for Century are due to Gravalin by May 1. He hopes to have most of the budget work completed before DeLaHunt takes over the principal position.

n Heard that the SADD group has arranged to have a mock accident demonstration April 28 before prom. The mock drill will show what can happen if someone is driving while distracted by texting.

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