The Perham School Board met Wednesday night and discussed a new meal plan policy, plans for a fishing team, and enrollment projections for the 2018-2019 school year.
Superintendent Mitch Anderson told the board about the new Heart of the Lakes School Fishing League for grades 7-12.
Anderson said it will be similar to how the Perham's trap shooting team works. The kids will learn safety and fishing techniques and compete against other schools.
He added an interest survey was sent out to 37 students, and they received 24, yes responses in two days. The season will start in late June, with practices beginning before that.
In new business, the board had a first reading for a new meal plan policy. The current policy states that children receive a different meal if they have an unpaid balance over a certain amount; however, Business Manager Kristi Werner explained the district does not follow that policy and allows students to eat the same meal as everyone else so that students aren't made to feel uncomfortable.
The new policy will reflect what the district is currently doing and aims to keep the kids out of the process when there is an unpaid balance and ensure that only the school district and the parents are involved.
Also during the meeting, Heart of the Lakes Elementary School Principal, Jen Hendrickson, reported that Kindergarten registration went very well, with 74 students registered for kindergarten already.
Prairie Wind Middle School Principal Scott Bjerke let the school board know that he and his staff are going through the surveys sent out to parents regarding parent-teacher conferences and how that process can be improved to get more parents involved in conferences throughout the school year.
He said the feedback from parents focused on how to improve scheduling,\ and the possibility of one, in-person conference at the beginning of the year and electronic conferences the rest of the year.
Jeff Flettre gave an update on the high school construction. While weather has delayed progress on some of the work outside, the interior work continues to progress on schedule. Painting on the academic wing is done, the concrete has been poured in the great hall, and building F is enclosed and heated.
The projected enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is 1,493. That encompasses early childhood through 12th grade, and is an increase of 33 students from this year. That does not include the kindergarten registration. Anderson explained that the numbers impact the preliminary budget for next year, and that if the district predicts too high and receives too much money from the state, the district will have to pay that money back.
The board approved additional staff at the middle school and elementary school, which will include a sixth grade teacher and a kindergarten teacher.