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Red Wing School Board briefs

Graduation testing options grow

The Accuplacer test is now an option for Red Wing students through 2016 to meet testing requirements of the state of Minnesota. Joe Jezierski, director of Teaching and Learning, told School Board Tuesday he thought it was important to make the Accuplacer a third assessment option considering it is already required by Minnesota State College–Southeast Technical and other MnSCU schools.

Students would take the test in their senior year and the test would be less expensive, Jezierski said. A student may take Accuplacer for any of the three required areas — math, reading, and writing — yet to be completed.

He said the district isn’t trying to diminish the requirements to graduate; staff simply are trying to make it easier for students to have options. The other two are the ACT and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

The motion passed 5-0.

Sept. 11 practices reviewed

Supt. Karsten Anderson addressed concern from students regarding the district’s handling of Sept. 11 observances.

“We’re thankful students brought this to our attention,” he said.

Anderson responded with a letter to the editor that appeared in the Sept. 28 and 29 weekend edition of the Republican Eagle.

Anderson said the district is reviewing its policies regarding Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York and attacked the Pentagon. The staff are looking for ways to appropriately commemorate the day.

Personnel changes made

New hires: Rebecca Smythurst, attendance secretary at Red Wing High School, effective Sept. 3 (vacancy due to a resignation); Cyd Mark, education assistant at Burnside Elementary School, effective Sept. 25 (due to a reassignment); Ida Lewis, Title I education assistant at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective Sept. 23, (due to a resignation); Leah Heilman, social studies teacher at RWHS, effective Sept. 23, (due to a resignation); Sarah Sutton, education assistant at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective Sept, 23 (due to a retirement).

Transfers: Mary (Tricia) Miller, class b media/technology paraprofessional I at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Sept. 10, (due to a retirement); Kathy Gustafson, Level I cook at RWHS, effective Sept. 23, (due to a resignation).

Resignation: Jennifer Carlson, RWHS math teacher, effective Sept. 26.

Sabbatical leave: Joanie Heineman, RWHS English teacher, effective Jan. 24 to June 5 or March 31 to June 5, pending finding a qualified long-term substitute.

Meeting watch

Tuesday’s meeting lasted about one and a half hours. Paul Kramp and Steve Anderson were absent. Janie Farrar arrived about 20 minutes and Mike Christensen left just before the meeting adjourned.

- Compiled by John R. Russett, staff writer