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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • School Board introduced to new instructors

  • The Butterfield School board met during their regularly scheduled Sept. 16 meeting and met with the three new teachers who started their teaching careers in Butterfield at the beginning of the month.
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  • The Butterfield School board met during their regularly scheduled Sept. 16 meeting and met with the three new teachers who started their teaching careers in Butterfield at the beginning of the month.
    Teachers making the trip to visit with the council were Ashley Weber, Caley Danielson and Katrina Meyer. Also a new instructor this year is Steve Fligge, but due to a coaching conflict he was unable to make the meeting.
    Ashley Weber is from Ham Lake and is teaching a sixth grade class of 20 students. Her husband is also employed by the school as a bus driver while he is attending school for law enforcement.
    Caley Danielson comes to the Butterfield-Odin school district from Duluth, Minn. She is a Luther College graduate and was working as a nanny all summer. She said school is going really well and she is looking forward to starting piano lessons with the students soon.
    Danielson will aid the school as they host the choral festival this November. The festival is scheduled for Nov. 20, with area schools Mt. Lake, St. James and Lake Crystal already scheduled to be in attendance. Students will sing in front of judges and a honor choir will be formed from the best students. Danielson said they hope to have a 64 voice choir.
    Katrina Meyer was the last to meet with the school board, and made the trip straight from seventh grade volleyball practice to the meeting. Meyer moved from St. Paul, but grew up in South Dakota. She has a 13 student fourth grade class. She said it is a really good class and she is enjoying her time at the school very much.
    The school enrollment is up to 242 students. Superintendent Lisa Shellum said "We could have never dreamt it would be that much."
    The school has added twelve lockers and will be looking at adding more space in the future if enrollment numbers continue to increase.
    Superintendent Shellum presented the test results for the spring MCA testing and explained how the school will continue to move forward with improving the test scores. There were some bright spots with the testing including the Minnesota writing GRAD test where all 22 grade nine students received a passing grade. Other results can be found at www.w20.education.state.mn.us/MDEAnalytics/
    "We look at it and we know that, we continue to try to figure out how to get these kids to the levels that they need to be," said Superintendent Shellum. "I said today, every one of these kids can read, I know they can, but it's one test one snapshot."
    The school board acted to hire Jennifer Arreola and Chastity Nelson as paraprofessional instructors at a step one wage of $9.20 per hour at the Monday meeting. The school board also approved the final two changes to the fee sheet, which will approve the raised wages of election judges from $7.50 per hour to $10 per hour along with fully paying bus driver's physicals from $60 and more.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lisa Beckius was hired as a full time instructor at a salary of $40,251 Step 12 BA. Her employment with the school was approved unanimously by school board members.
    Other Business:
    School will be looking at joining in a sports sharing agreement for hockey with Windom next year.
    The Truth in Taxation meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 16 and Dec. 17.
    School Board Member Renae Meyer received a certification for completion for completing her phase three MSBA Leadership Development Program.
    Butterfield-Odin School received an early childhood initiative grant for $25,000.

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