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The times are changing Twin Bluff

Twin Bluff Middle School students’ schedules will have a new look when they show up for the first day of class this fall.

The Red Wing School Board approved the proposed middle school schedule Tuesday night by unanimous vote.

Twin Bluff Middle School Principal Chris Palmatier told the board two weeks ago that the schedule would provide more instructional time for students in sixth and seventh grade, daily learning in math, language arts, science and social studies, and more opportunities for exploratory options.

The change, along with staff development days this academic year being wiped out due to weather-related closures, means a lot of work is ahead to get everyone prepared for the change.

The move to the new schedule involves everyone in the building and it might prove difficult to provide the scope of training required for a smooth transition, Board member Mark Ryan said.

Supt. Karsten Anderson said there are dollars set aside specifically for staff development and he is optimistic all pieces will be in place by the time the schedule is implemented.

“I have every confidence that the administration and the teachers at the middle school will be able to come up with a plan to make it work out,” he said.

The district has a number of moving pieces at the moment, Anderson said, and it is important to keep that fact in mind.

With all the changes happening at the district level, Board member Mike Christensen said one of the most important parts of this schedule is staying ahead of state and federal requirements.

“We can’t do this alone,” Christensen said. “Everybody has to play their part.”

Another key component moving forward is the commitment to constant evaluation of the schedule, Chair Heidi Jones said.

Jones said feedback is a must and she really appreciates the part of planning that made evaluation a priority.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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