12/7/2017 8:43:00 AM Randolph looking at space issues
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph school board discussed classroom space issues at the November school board meeting.
The board has its consulting architect updating the district master plan with attention to needs and space in coming years.
The 2018-19 school year will be the first with two grades in the high school/middle school part of the building needing three sections of classes (7th and 10th grades).
In five years, three grades will need three sections, said Superintendent Michael Kelley. Kelley says when grade size gets in to the low to mid sixties, three sections are needed to maintain acceptable student-teacher ratios. Kelley said this is going to create classroom space shortages.
Kelley said the elementary/preschool/daycare section of the school building is already short of classroom space. Kelley said at the kindergarten and lower level grades, student-teacher ratio needs to be lower than the high school/middle school.
In other school board business:
Randolph FFA member Jake Frandrup was an American Degree recipient at the National Convention in Indianapolis.
Elementary music concerts on December 18 will be broken up into K-3 performing from 6 to 6:30 and grades 4-6 performing from 7-7:30. The high school concert is December 11.
The rate on one of the district's construction bonds dropped from 6.9% to 6.6%.
Staff is happy to have the Hwy. 52 median construction work completed. The difficulty of the detour in crossing Hwy. 52 prompted the school to run two vans to pick up students on the east side of Hwy. 52.
The preschool is adopting a new curriculum that works well with the kindergarten curriculum. Elementary principal Matt Ruttledge called it a big step in the right direction for the preschool program.
Through the Classroom Store program, $3,250 in gift cards have been donated to various classrooms so far this year, reported business manager Patty Riemenschneider.
Teacher Lizzie Warpinski will serve as speech coach.
The school will host a Dakota County open house on January 11 on the planned rebuild of Dakota County 88.
PJ McIntee and Caleb Thielbar will put on a baseball camp at the school after Christmas.
The Friends of Randolph Scholars will host a fundraiser with a regional wrestling group on January 6.
Scott Otte will be a junior high boys basketball coach. Molly Schmidt will serve as long-term sub from Jan. 2 through March 9. Brienna Mulvihill will take a leave of absence from Feb. 12 through April 20.
Truth in Taxation meeting is December 19 at 7 p.m. Final budget and levy will be set as part of regular board meeting.