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PAGE 6 THE PRESS JULY 6, 2011 r Park River gymnastics gets off the ground Top: Addison Skibicki jumps on tramp with Coaches from Bruin Hi-lighters helping during the Park River gymnastics program's summer camp held June 20 and 21. With two groups the morning group was 7 and under and the afternoon group was 8 and up. "We had about 36 Kids and it was a great time and very exciting, said PR Acro Coach Deena Lorton. Bottom left: Courtney Lundquist with Coach Lou Ann Thorvalson doing cartwheel • Bottom right: Meghan Lorton doing back walkover. (Photos: Submitted) ,) Above: Park River native Joshua Anderson stands with members of the Conversations English Circles organization he helped to form at North Dakota State University• (Photo: Submitted) Park giver native finds common ground in conversation By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Language can unify a town, a comnmnity, even a nation. Being able to understand one another through language is essential to knowing your fellou man. Park River native Joshua Anderson recognized this necessity and decided to do sofiaething about it. While tutoring at the Center for Writers on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, he realized that there was a significant language gap between the international students and the local students. This led Josh and another tutor to cofounding the Conversations English Circles at NDSU. Started in the tall of 2010, the CEC is "a weekly forum for native and non-native speakers of English to come together to practice English language skills and to work on intercultural communication in a fun and relaxed setting," said Anderson. Around 30 to 40 students attend each week that hail from all around the globe including Malaysia, South Korea, China, Nepal, Brazil, India, and many more. This group provides a place for these students to immerse themselves in face-to-face interaction and conversation. As a result of his involvement with this group, Anderson was recognized with an induction into NDSU's Tapestry of Diverse Talents this past spring. Each year, students, faculty, staff, and alumni are honored with a mosaic for their diversity and contributions they bring to NDSU. This mosaic is displayed in the Memorial Union on campus with his picture and a "tapestry" that reflected Anderson's personality and commitment to cultural diversity. He chose denim fabric and had all the members of the CEC sign it in their native language. This fall, Anderson will be attending Utah State University after being accepted into the American Studies graduate program. He received the Thomas J. Lyon Editorial Fellowship, which means that while attending the graduate school, he will be working as an assistant editor on the Western American Literature Journal. It is a quarterly academic journal. "l could not pass up the opportunity to get academic editing experience while attending graduate school so I chose to accept the offer," Anderson said. Anderson's interest in American literature and storytelling stems from all the stories he heard growing up from his uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents. "I've also been inspired by and benefited immeasurably from many great teachers at NDSU who have introduced me to many great authors and a lot of great literature," Anderson said. • 2: O O O O Regular School Board Minutes Valle:-Edinburg School Board /ALLEY-EDINBURG DISTRICT #118 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TUESDAY, 7:00 PM MAY 10, 2011 EDINBURG, ND Meeting called to order by Board President Hall Present: Fred Hall, Valley-Edinburg Board President, Larry McCollum, Mary Laxdal, Dianne Goodoien, Wayne Brandvold, Sheila Laxdal, and Darrel Pastorek School Board Members Superintendent, John J. Oistad, III, High School Principal, Larry Larson, Elementary Principal, Andrew Currie, Business Manager Eileen Rinde, others present: Endora Wilkes, Lynn UIvog, Jeffrey Ulvog, Jennifer Olsoh, Camburn Shephard, Jane Shephard, Dan and Louise Bakke, Alyssa Bakke, Julie Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Jackson Hall, Lois Estad, Larissa Markel, Terry Gullickson and Christina Gullickson APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF APRIL 2011 MINUTES MSC: McCollum-S Laxdal to approve minutes Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL REPORTS Hot Lunch beginning balance is $23,420.85 Month end balance $24,271.11 Activities beginning balance is $39,756.27-Month end balance $39,874.09 Total District Cash: General Fund Checking General Fund Savings Building Fund Checking Building Fund Savings Special Activities Checking Hot Lunch Checking Total Cash: 782,893.83 978,224.77 72,368.92 38,256.60 24,797.71 1,896,541.83 1/2 of Total Cash Less checking funds already at Citizens State Bank: 948,270.92 Special Activities Checking (38,256.60) Hot Lunch Checking (24,797.71) Balance needed in Citizens 885.216.61 Savings Accounts: Less Current Savings Balance (978,224.77) Cash to be deposited to Working Account: 93,008.16 MSC: M Laxdal- Goodoien to approve financial report Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Abstaining from vote due to conflict of interest-S Laxdal REVIEW OF BILLS MSC: Brandvold-Pastorek to approve the review of bills Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous ADMINISTRATIVE'REPORTS Supt. Oistad, III presented on accreditation reports. Valley-Edinburg Elementary Schools in Hoople and Crystal as well as the High School in Edinburg have been accredited for the 2010-2011 school year. Valley-Edinburg Public School District has been selected to receive ND Department of Health State Clean Diesel Grand. The award is expected to be $40,000. Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program Grand for Valley-Edinburg Elementary K-4 Hoople location has been awarded $4,300 and Valley-Edinburg Elementary 5-8, Crystal has been awarded $4,050. Library Grant for Valley-Edinburg High School for $3,000 hasbeen given. Two computers and a printer will be purchased for students to conduct research, access th online catalog and access state library databases. Hot Lunch prices need to increase to get them closer to the reimbursement we receive for free meals. MSC: Goodoien:M Laxdal to increase lunch prices to $2•10/meal $85•00/quarter for student meals. Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Supt. Oistad reviewed HB 1326 concerning inventory and accurate value on school building and facilities as well as the contents of all school buildings. Valuations Northwest, Inc. has given a proposal of $8,440 to do all three buildings. MSC: Goodoien-S Laxdal to proceed with school inventories Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Discussion on banking situation with Wells Fargo leaving the community; board directive was to gather information from First United Bank located in Hoople. A letter from Jessica Gunderson, requesting use of sick leave bank; was given to the Board. Supt. Oistad, read negotiated agreement concerning this issue, discussion by board followed. MSC: McCollum-M Laxdal to allow 2 days per teacher to donate toward sick leave bank Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous SECONDARY PRINCIPAL Attendance Policy was reviewed with parents and students and the importance of consistent attendance was given by Principal Larson. Principal Larson reported on the activities for the month as well as discipline log. ACT test was given to all Juniors at the Community Center in Edinburg. Prom went well, Junior Class under the supervision of Mrs. Hurt did an excellent job. Chorus received two stars at State Music Contest held in Minot. Krista Zidon for her vocal solo and a girls group consisting of Krista Zidon, Elizabeth Olson, Courtney Estad, Brooke Brandvold, Ashley Reilly, Haley Braathen, Abby Niemann, Stefanie Brandvold, Shayna Phelps, Brianna Braathen and Laura Hinkel. Enrollment is 72 students. ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL Principal Currie reported that the enrollment is 76 at the K-4 school in Hoople and 68 at the 5th-Bth grade school in Crystal. NWEA testing in grades 5 and 8 has been given. Kindergarten registration was held with eleven students attending; two more students have contacted the school for a total of 13. The 5th and 6th grade,plays were a success. The Band/Music concert was held in Crystal and was a success. Art instructor, Faye Ramsey, had many different types of media and various works of art represented in an Art Display in the gym the night of the concert. Val Gullickson, phy-ed instructor, held a K-4 Family Fitness night in Hoople. This was well attended by students and parents there was fun physical fitness had by all. Thanks to Val Gullickson for actively engaging students and parents. VIEW OF PUBLIC PRESENT COMMITTEE REPORTS A. CURRICULUM Principal Currie reported on NWEA findings; there will be a three tiered reading program implemented next year in the elementary schools. Six teachers will participate in a two day workshop this summer for RTI held in Fargo. Principal Larson reported on High School registration for next year and the classes that are offered. B. PERSONNEL Supt. Oistad, Ill reported that Sherri Hurt has resigned as yearbook and prom advisor for the next school year. Kathy Houser will move to a full time teacher status due to Glori Bradshaw's resignation. Glori Bradshaw has accepted a 40 percent position as a instructional strategist for the 2011-2012 school year• C. VOCATIONAL Fred Hall reported D. TRANSPORTATION Supt. Oistad, III reported. C. BUILDING & GROUNDS Supt. Oistad, III reported on security cameras, discussion was held by the board; directive to get more bids. McCollum reported on tree down on Crystal School yard. D. SPORTS COOP AD Currie reported E. NEGOTIATIONS Citing Century Code 44.04- 19.section 9 MSC: M LaxdaI-S Laxdal to go to executive session for purpose of discussing negotiating strategy• Assuming a roll-call vote-vote unanimous MSC: M LaxdaI-Goodoien to reconvene to open meeting Assuming a roll-call vote unanimous Meeting was adjourned Fred Hall, President A. 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