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School district buys textbooks

What can $151,883.84 buy the New Richmond School District? About 500 new textbooks and several supporting materials.

High school accounting and biology classes along with all first- through fifth-graders will receive new books, Deb Heyerdahl, director of instruction and staff development, told the New Richmond School Board at Monday night's meeting.

The new books, which were reviewed, evaluated and chosen by local teachers, offer new lessons and full-color pictures, Heyerdahl said.

For elementary students, the new science books offer more than just science, Heyerdahl said.

The supplemental books included with the elementary purchase will be offered at three different reading levels.

"They're the same concepts, but the vocabulary might be different between the different levels," she said.

Also included with the elementary books are several experiment kits, she said.

Each classroom will get a kit so that students can do more hands on experiments that relate to their lessons.

The school board unanimously approved the purchase of the books with the stipulation that Heyerdahl try to get the company to lower its shipping charge. Currently, the publishing company is quoting $30,137.07 for shipping alone.

In other news, the school board:

• Elected new officers. Rick Hinz was elected president; Greg Gartner was named vice president; Chris Skoglund was named clerk; and Bryan Schafer was named treasurer.

• Approved several grants and gifts: $1,500 United Way RIF grant; $2,021.70 United Way RIF grant; $746.44 United Way SPARK grant; $1,500 United Way SPARK grant; $1,900 United Way Student-to-Student grant; and $2,500 "Governor's School Health Award."

• Approved a new two-year mentoring program for new teachers. The district has a one-year program now.

• The next regular board meeting will be June 22 at 7 p.m.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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