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Goodhue County Education District Board

Board sends snow day make-up options to union

There have been so many snow days this past winter that four of Goodhue County Education District's member districts are having staff or students make up days.

On Thursday evening, the board voted 5-0 to have GCED Director Cherie Johnson work with the union to determine how to deal with make-up days for GCED employees. Missed GCED student days will not be made up, she added, because the state requirements are still being met even with the missed days.

Johnson advocated using any make-up days productively by providing increased staff education.

"We're going to have a lot of scenarios, but I think we can make this a win-win," she said.

Johnson will report back to the board at its May meeting.

Graduation requirements will be evaluated

The board is beginning to look at changing GCED's graduation policies. On Thursday, board members read through Minnesota state graduation requirements and Minnesota School Board Association's suggested policies.

Currently, GCED students are eligible for graduation if they meet the requirements set forth by their home district. But recently, some member districts have changed their requirements, creating discrepancies, Director Cherie Johnson said.

"I think it's time to look at our own requirements," she said.

The board's policy committee will meet to come up with a new graduation policy for GCED students. The matter will be discussed again at the board's May meeting.

Personnel changes

The board approved the following personnel changes:

Resignation: Leah Olander, paraprofessional at Wastedo.

Leave of Absence: Heather Mortel, school psychologist at Red Wing, effective May 20-Sept. 9.

Reassignment: Matthew Rodgers, social worker.

Meeting watch

Thursday's meeting lasted about two hours. All board members were present.

-Compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer