School board considers addition of student success coordinator
The Perham-Dent School Board at its July meeting discussed adding a student success coordinator for the upcoming school year. The proposed position would streamline a variety of different programs and grants that are tied to state, county and federal dollars, according to Prairie Wind Middle School Principal Scott Bjerke.
"Combining it all into one person's job might be the best way to go about this, to ensure compliance," Bjerke said.
Bjerke said there's been a couple different areas where there's been turnover in personnel and things were missed.
Perham High School Principal Ehren Zimmerman said the position would build depth in programs existing programs, and ultimately lead to increased student achievement.
District Business Manager Kristi Werner said there's not a direct fund to pay for the position, but if done effectively, it would provide access to more funds.
"Pieces are falling through the cracks," she said.
Superintendent Mitch Anderson will write a job description before a council decision at a special board meeting on July 25.
The board also gave authorization to hire a special education paraprofessional at Heart of the Lakes Elementary. HOTL principal Liz Johnson said coverage is tight with the school's 15 paras who offer one on one child specific support.
"There's no wiggle room to accommodate students who aren't one on one," Johnson said.
In other district news
• Approved a resolution adopting the district's long-term facilities maintenance plan.
• Approved a resolution regarding board control of extracurricular activity accounts.
• Renewed memberships in Minnesota School Board Association, Minnesota Rural Education Association and Lakes Country Service Cooperative.