District 88 School Board to streamline policies, discuss new conference

NEW ULM – The District 88 Board of Education on Thursday will have a second reading of policies on: Buildings and Sites Naming Rights, Sunday Practice, Hiring Procedures, and Hiring Procedures Non-Licensed Personnel.

The Buildings and Sites Naming Rights policy is a new policy that will help establish the criteria and procedures for granting naming rights in relation to school district facilities, including buildings and grounds, recaps Superintendent Jeff Bertrang.

The policy on Sunday Practice is also new, Bertrang recaps. Last spring it was recommended by the Activities Committee to allow non-Minnesota State High School League programs to hold practice on Sundays. The proposal from the Policy Committee is to allow practices between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays, with no events on Sundays. This policy change would occur in the activities handbook, beginning the next school year. The rest of the current school year will be a transition year, working towards meeting the intent of the recommended policy change, according to Bertrang.

The Hiring Procedures policy has been revised to include all personnel being hired, according to Bertrang. The Hiring Procedures Non-Licensed Personnel policy is recommended for repeal, as it has been included in the Hiring Procedures policy.

The School Board will also hear a report from Activities Director Chad Eischens about the work done on potentially forming a new athletic conference including schools from the South Central and South West conferences.

The proposed schedules, constitution and by-laws for a new conference called “The Big South” have been drafted, according to Bertrang. Bertrang will meet with South Central Conference superintendents on Oct. 25, and all superintendents from the South Central and South West conferences will meet the following week. These meetings are meant to validate the work of athletic directors over the past two months, resolve potential issues and discuss the resolution for each district’s school board, according to Bertrang. The intent is to have the resolutions presented and voted on by the 13 schools no later than Nov. 27. Eischens will provide the board with the working documents and where he sees the scheduling at for next year under this plan.

The board will also hear an assessment report from Sue Rosenow who tracks testing data as part of coordinating professional learning communities for teachers.

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