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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • School Board looks to future with work session

  • Focusing on ideas and not formal decisions, the Yellow Medicine East school board met last week to hold their annual work session.
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    Focusing on ideas and not formal decisions, the Yellow Medicine East school board met last week to hold their annual work session.
    The work session is not required by law, but instead an elective choice by the school board to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the school district.
    “The opportunity a work session presents is that we aren’t taking any formal action to pass contracts, to purchase anything – it is about setting direction,” Superintendent Al Stoeckman said, adding that the work sessions have been so successful that there has been growing interest to hold one quarterly instead of annually.
    According to Stoeckman, the biggest priorities in the meeting were discussing the restructuring of the administrative team after Stoeckman retires in 2015 and finding out if the board was comfortable with the guidelines set by the World’s Best Workforce.
     “Basically, are we okay with investment spending, knowing that a year from now we will have to make deductions,” Stoeckman said.
    Other topics were brought in after that point, including the open faculty and staff positions for next year and developing concrete plans for the previously-announced “Academy,” that the board hopes to have ready by the fall.

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