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NR School Board: Boundary change request denied; calendar changes approved

The New Richmond Board of Education denied a request to change the district's boundaries and also approved a pair of changes to the school calendar at its Monday, Feb. 19 regular board meeting.

The boundary change request came from Ryan Polcin and David Ross, who own property in the New Richmond School District. They submitted a petition to detach properties (760 150th Ave. and 758 150th Ave.) from the New Richmond School District and attach to the Somerset School District.

"The board of education denied the request to alter the school district boundaries," said district administrator Patrick Olson.

The changes to the district calendar were approved for both the 2017-2018 calendar as well as the 2018-2019 calendar.

"The changes were made due to the two-weather related cancellations that have taken place this year. These additional days are just for teaching staff," Olson said.

The change approved for the 2017-2018 calendar was adding June 7 as a professional learning day for teachers; the change approved for the 2018-2019 calendar was adding Aug. 27 as a professional learning day to start the school year.

According to Olson, the school board continued its discussion about the district's activity fees with the goal of creating a consistent fee schedule for the district, both at the middle and high schools. However, no decisions were made during the Feb. 19 meeting.

The board also continued to discuss the District Safety Response Manual as a follow up to a letter that was sent out the prior week regarding school safety in an active shooter situation.

"The discussion was an update to the letter I sent you, our District Safety Response Manual that is approved every August, and our general procedures in the event of an active shooter," Olson said. "Most of the discussion centered around that (letter)."

According to Olson, the district will also continue to discuss its student capacity review at its April board meeting when Hazel H. Reinhardt will present her enrollment report to the board. Olson also said that the district is still gathering data from area townships to go along with data it already has.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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