School revamps parking

FAIRMONT – Fairmont School Board members got their first look at a revised student handbook Tuesday.

Andy Traetow, dean of students at Fairmont Junior/Senior High School, explained that the revision is the result of collaboration among students, parents, faculty, administration and board members.

The document contains some noticeable changes.

“No parking is allowed on the south side of Johnson Street,” Traetow said.

Currently, students and faculty park on both sides of the street.

Traetow also noted that the district’s bullying policy has been updated to match state law. State lawmakers this year enacted a measure to address bullying statewide, rather than let individual schools do their own thing.

Staff will go over the handbook with students when school begins in the fall.

Copies will be available at the district office and the junior/senior high school office, as well as on the school’s website.

In other action Tuesday, the school board accepted more than $41,000 in donations. The largest was a $19,547 gift from PETT to be used for technology.

Other donations included: $5,526 from General Mills’ Box Tops for Education labels program for the elementary student activity account; $4,435 from a 3M grant for electronic balances and other equipment upgrades for chemistry and physics rooms; $2,500 from a Martin County Youth Foundation grant for this summer’s Kinder Prep program; $2,000 from a Martin County Youth Foundation grant for summer science camps at Cedar Park; $1,500 from a Martin County Youth Foundation grant for youth scholarships; $1,000 from a Martin County Youth Foundation grant to provide basic needs to low-income or homeless students; office and classroom supplies valued at $3,705 for the junior/senior high school; and $1,260 for the Agriculture Academy from the “Seeds for Tomorrow” program.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Jamie Goebel, assistant high school principal. He has accepted the position of principal at STRIDE Academy in St. Cloud.

The board also accepted the retirement of Virginia Salic, elementary media tech, who has been employed with the district since 1992.

The board approved hiring Katelyn Martens as an elementary library media specialist and Allison Lawrence as an elementary special education teacher.