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District eyeing online enrollment option: Red Wing School Board briefs

Superintendent Karsten Anderson reported that he and Red Wing Public Schools staff viewed a webinar discussing an online enrollment system sponsored by TIES that works with the Synergy student management system, both programs currently used by the district.

Anderson told school board members Monday that if the price is appropriate, the district would plan to implement the online enrollment prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year due to summer construction impacting parents' accessibility of the district office.

Personnel moves made

Hires: Carrie Armstrong, student services secretary at Red Wing High School, effective March 20 (due to a transfer); Nate Freier, head football coach for RWHS, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a resignation); Rebecca McQuiston, head boys' varsity track coach, effective spring of 2017 (due to a resignation).

Reassignment: Matt Quinn, art teacher at Burnside and Sunnyside elementary schools, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a retirement); Stephanie Ryan, sixth-grade teacher at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a retirement); Joanna Jaeger, sixth-grade teacher at TBMS, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a retirement).

In other news ...

• Student School Board member Hannah Flemke reported that prom tickets are on sale until April 7 for high school students. Prom will be April 22.

• Heidi Jones, Arlen Diercks, Pam Roe, Janie Farrer and Mike Christensen participated in the Minnesota School Board Association's Day at the Capitol event Monday, April 3. The five local board members said they learned more about important education and funding legislation and met with Sen. Mike Goggin and Rep. Barb Haley.

• Jackie Paradis, the district's business manager, presented the Finance Committee's first rough draft of enrollment and financial projections for the upcoming five years. Several committees have been reviewing information related to a potential operating levy referendum in November 2017 or November 2018. The board held its initial discussion to determine what increase is needed to maintain current programming and staffing as much as possible. The current operating levy expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

• Meeting watch: Monday's meeting lasted approximately one hour and 52 minutes. All board members were present. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at City Hall.

— compiled by Samantha Bengs, staff writer

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