The Rugby Public School District #5 School Board was approved for a two-year loan that will allow the district to purchase two new vehicles for use by the schools. The Governmental Lease Purchase Agreement calls for the district to pay for the vehicles over a two-year period.
The school board met Tuesday, November 8 to discuss this issue, as well as other happenings in the district.
Teacher evaluations are currently ongoing and will continue throughout the coming months. Principals are conducting walkthrough evaluations, focusing on four specific domains concerning teaching methods.
"This has been great, and teachers actually look forward to it, too," Principal Jason Gullickson of Ely Elementary said. "You can have some pretty candid conversations about what you see [in a short period of time]."
Superintendent Mike McNeff will also be conducting principal evaluations, focusing on what makes an effective principal. This year, the domain that will be used for principal evaluations is on Cooperation and Collaboration. McNeff said this evaluation is part of larger and continued conversations with both Gullickson and Principal Jared Blikre.
Support staff underwent training on October 26, which was led by McNeff. McNeff will evaluate support staff throughout the year.
Bus driver training was also held last week, where bus drivers were trained in defensive driving. In other bus related news, the district is finalizing its transportation contract with Hartley's Buses, which will allow guidelines for how many years buses can be used on routes and for extracurricular activities.
The district was granted a $50,000 grant to support the playground that was erected at the start of the school year on Ely's campus.
Fourth, eighth and 11th grade fall assessment testing has been completed and will begin again in the spring.
Parent/teacher conferences showed great turnout from district parents, with numbers up from last school year. Ninety-eight percent participation was seen in the elementary school and between 70-75 percent participation was seen in the junior high and high school.
Report cards will be sent out in the upcoming week from Ely Elementary, as the first trimester of the school year ends on November 18.
The fifth and sixth grade choir and band concert will be held Monday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tilman Hovland Auditorium. The third grade concert will be held Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m., and the fourth grade concert will be held at 7 p.m. on the same day.
The high school's Panther Vision Channel is one step closer to being on the air. The media class recently trained with NDTC and is expected to be ready for launch in January.
Rugby high school teams that competed in the Math Regional Track Meet placed first and second in the team competition, as well as placed in several individual competitions. Teams are made up of one senior, one junior, one sophomore and one freshman.
The Rugby FFA team placed 12th in the nation at the state competition held in late October. The boys cross country team placed second at the all-state meeting, while the girls' team placed third.
The volleyball team was named District 6 champions and advanced to the regional tournament.
The One-Act team was the runner-up in competition and will advance to state.
There will be an early dismissal on Wednesday; professional staff will use the time to work in their PLC groups.
The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 a.m. in the high school board room.