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NY Mills School Board hears update on emergency action plan for athletic events

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The New York Mills School Board was updated on the Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) grant, upcoming school activities and an emergency plan for home game activities at its regular meeting on Jan. 24.

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Teachers updated the school board on how the E2T2 grant helps everyday teaching and assessments of students. Assessment of students is more immediate with technology, they said, so they can adjust their teaching more often.

The E2T2 grant has also helped teachers set goals and expectations for their students and themselves, teachers said. Teachers developed five ins and outs for each class--five things each student should know before going in to the class, and five things each student should take out of the class.

The grant is helping classes center more around the students, teachers said.

Teachers are also using Study Island, a website that helps students focus on the skills needed for the standardized tests.

Activities Director Travis Hensch reported to the board that he is writing an emergency plan for sport activities in light of the collapse of Perham junior Zach Gabbard during a basketball game last week. According to Hensch, the school owns two automated external defibrillators and always has trained medical personnel on site during fall, winter and spring sport activities.

A written emergency plan will allow personnel in charge to react quickly in various emergency situations, Hensch said.

In other business, the NY Mills Student Council and other members of the student body reported that they plan to donate time to the Feed My Starving Children project at the Perham Area Community Center to be held at the end of April.

The board heard of many various school activities planned for the month of February including Snow Week, I Love to Read Month and History Day. The board also approved the jazz band's annual trip to a jazz festival in Mankato, Minn.

The board approved various requests for personal leave and the retirement of bus driver Robert Von Behren.

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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