Grand Forks College District enrollment up 191 college students from spring of 2022 – Grand Forks Herald

October 11, 2022

GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks Public Faculties gained 191 college students from the earlier tutorial yr’s finish, in response to information offered on the district’s assembly on Monday.

The report, offered by Brenda Lewis, assistant superintendent of elementary training, cites general enrollment of seven,439 college students initially of the 2022-23 faculty yr. The district’s elementary faculties gained 52 college students, its center faculties two and most importantly, the excessive faculties gained 137 college students.

Josh Mailhot, not too long ago employed as principal of Ben Franklin Elementary College, addressed the board. He mentioned his first months on the job have been overwhelmingly constructive.

“Within the quick three months that I’ve been at Ben Franklin, it has been an absolute delight,” mentioned Mailhot. “I’ve been within the academic setting for 15 years, and I really feel like I’ve spent all of them right here.”

Mailhot demonstrated his dedication to Ben Franklin, earlier than even beginning his new place, by handwriting 330 letters to every of his college students. He used the letters to introduce himself and ask about their summer time.

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“I would like my youngsters to really feel wished and protected at Ben Franklin,” mentioned Mailhot. “Within the pupil survey final yr, 55% of our children mentioned they felt protected. Whereas 55% is a reasonably good quantity, over half, I would like that quantity to be 100%. That’s one of many causes I made a decision to jot down the letters.”

Mailhot additionally praised the efforts of the college’s three pupil lecturers, in addition to its paraprofessional and speech language pathologist. He mentioned they’ve labored exhausting aiding college students who’re combating studying disabilities and social nervousness to really feel included in Ben Franklin’s neighborhood.

The board outlined its plan for an improve to the district’s emergency communications system improve. This initiative would enhance hearth and carbon monoxide detection capabilities, improve surveillance programs and set up a mass notification system, for coordinated emergency response.

Darin Johnson, director of constructing and grounds, petitioned the board to approve the hiring of a development supervisor in danger. This place would oversee a group of engineers and subcontractors engaged on the constructing enhancements, adhere to budgetary ceilings and help with planning and engineering.

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“This individual that we need to rent would have an enormous data,” mentioned Johnson. “They’re going to assist us negotiate with the subcontractors, and would know from earlier expertise how one can hold manufacturing going.”

The board authorized director Johnson’s request to start the seek for a development supervisor in danger.

In different board information:

  • The board expressed its gratitude towards town and the North Dakota Museum of Artwork, for his or her collaboration in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
  • Enterprise Supervisor Brandon Baumbach offered the finance committee’s evaluate of the district’s finish of fiscal yr price range. The district exceeded its objective of conserving expenditures above 7% of the final fund’s income, with the earlier fiscal yr’s expenditures at $8,984,267, or 7.8%. Baumbach mentioned he believes the district is on a sound fiscal trajectory, and is assured it’ll attain its goal of expenditures 15% or greater above the final fund by 2026.
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