At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the Lake Preston School Board reviewed their current Cell Phone Use Policy found in both the elementary and middle school/high school handbooks. In the elementary handbook, cell phone usage is simply not allowed. In the middle school/high school handbook, usage relies on teacher discretion within their classes. Currently, some teachers allow its use, some require that it be turned in to the teachers’ desk and some ask that it is housed in their backpacks during their class time. Board members are calling for a change to the middle school/high school handbook in order to be more restrictive along with being more consistent in the cell phone policy.
Administration is tasked with creating a couple of different options for a policy adjustment to review, discuss and potentially approve at the February school board meeting. MS/HS Principal Bothun asked if she could request input from student council on the policy. The board supported that idea, and Vice President Warne stated he thought that having student involvement would be beneficial for the implementation of this policy. The board hopes that being more restrictive with cell phone use within the school day would provide a more educational atmosphere. The board plans to review this matter again at the February 8th board meeting and is requesting parent, student and staff participation.
Superintendent Felderman also read the letter he prepared for the Arlington school board meeting in regards to the request to consider co-oping in boys and girls basketball, volleyball and other sports. Felderman stated that he will be attending the school board meeting in Arlington that would be held that evening to present the letter and to answer any questions their board may have on the subject. The letter closes by stating “I believe we are better together, and I believe the time is now to look to the future of Arlington-Lake Preston Badger athletics. It is my hope that the Arlington School Board and Administration will approve the cooperative forming in additional sports for the 2021-2022 athletic seasons.”
The board also held the first reading of the 2021-2022 school calendar. There was much discussion over the amount and timing of teacher in-services along with timing of semester tests and Christmas break. Administration would review the calendar with staff at the upcoming teacher in-service and present the second reading at the February meeting.
In other business, the board accepted the homeless policy as read, accepted three incoming open enrollment students and approved extending COVID-19 related EPSLA leave until March 31, 2021. They also heard reports from NESC representative Jerod Olson, Business Manager Curd, Principal Bothun, and Superintendent and Athletic Director Felderman. The board entered executive session citing personnel, student concerns and evaluations. The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on Mon., Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.