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/ i  ( i /: LSH COUNTY SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 46 PARK RIVE, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 J Above: Wind gust upwards of 40 mph broke branches, damaging two vehicles on Sixth Street in Park River The area received 2.73 inches of rain on Sunday. Photo: Larry Biri J Baesler: Student Cabinet members offer insight BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Superintendent of Public In- struction Kirsten Baesler said mem- bers of her new Student Cabinet are already providing valuable opinions about how to improve the state&apos;s schools. "Administrators and policy- makers have an idea about how things should be implemented in our schools, and we have theory, and good ideas, and good intentions," Baesler said. "But sometimes that policy isn't, or can't be, imple- mented the way we intended it to be, and students are the only people who can tell us how it is impacting their daily lives." Cabinet members say North Dakota's students would benefit from better classroom technology and greater access to dual-credit and Advanced Placement classes. They spoke approvingly of leg- islationthat offers state grants for early childhood education programs, saying that a family's financial cir- cumstances should not be a barrier to parents who want pre-kinder- garten instruction for their chil- dren. "I feel that students in small towns are hindered in their oppor- ttmities for extracurriculars and oth- er classes, and dual credit and Ad- vanced Placement courses," said Peyton Cole, an 11 th grader at Park River Area High School. Cabinet members who said they had attended early childhood edu- cation programs said they helped ease the transition to their early grades, and carried social as well as academic benefits. Some members said the programs had helped them to develop better social skills and overcome shyness. "We have our rural students ask- ing for more dual-credit courses, more Advanced Placement courses," Baesler said. "We had students talk- ing about the importance of tech- nology, and then students talking about how sometimes that same technology can present challenges Student Cabinet Cont page 12 Superintendent Baesler meets with Valley- Edinburg high school students, tours facility By Allison Olimb of The Press EDINBURG, N.D. -- Earlier this spring, seventh, eighth, junior, and senior students from Valley- Edinburg School visited the state Capitol where they met State Su- perintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler. On Tuesday May 12, she greeted Jackalyn McCollum and Kristy Estad, senior class pres- ident and vice president, in Edin- burg saying, "I told you I'd visit." Baesler toured the school meet- ing with teachers and staff, but most importantly, the students. "We work for you each and every day," she said while ad- dressing the VaUey-Edinburg soph- omore class. She told the students that she and they are not so different. "Valley-Edinburg is a Class B school, Class B sports... That's what I was," she said. She told them that growing up in Baesler Cont page 12 - Photo: Lany Bid Above: North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler visits with Valley-Edinburg Supedntendant John Oistad. She toured the district high school in Edinburg last week. Late-Late Breaking News See page 5 retum of'Full Court Press' See page 9 "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy ofggvernment in the next. <-7 ........ Abraham Lincoln Memorial Day .gc.hedu See page 8 See page I !