The YME school board meeting featured discussions about the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The new food service program has been well-received so far, with salisbury steak and walking tacos proving to be very popular.
Superintendent Clark discussed items from State Legislation, including an opt-out form added to MCA testing. He reported one school in St. Paul had a 98% opt out rate. "The consequence of this is those who opt out are counted as 'not proficient' and count against the school's scores." Principal Luft reported on the test scores from last year. The ACT average went up from about 18 to 20.4. They are working on figuring out if or how to offer the ACT, since funding for ACT tests were cut by State Legislation.
In other news:
•BRE is launching a "books and braids" program in October. Starting with 4th graders, girls can sign up to have their hair brushed and braided while they read to their beautician. According to Principal Hansen, boys are not excluded from this program.
•The YME Greenhouse has received a "profile of excellence" from the Minnesota Rural Education Association.
•The board discussed concerns about their contract with Verizon to put up a microcell tower in the YME parking lot. The main concerns are wanting opt-out options for both sides, not just Verizon.