School puts new policies into practice

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area School Board on Tuesday approved three new district policies and revised one.

The revision involves policy 903: Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites. With the revision, students enrolled in a post-secondary enrollment options course may remain at school during regular school hours.

The new policies are:

Policy 431: Service Animals. The purpose is to prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability, including on the basis that the individual requires the assistance of a service animal.

Policy 534: Unpaid Meal Charges. The purpose is to ensure that students receive healthy and nutritious meals through the district’s nutrition program and that district employees, families and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. No student will be denied a meal, and there will be a threshold of negative $40 before a meeting will be scheduled to go over options and resolve the issue.

Policy 542: Education of Homeless/Highly Mobile Students. The purpose is to ensure that children and youth who are experiencing homelessness receive the same educational opportunities as other students who are not homeless.

Turning to other business, the board approved the application to the Innovation Research Zones Pilot Program. The application will be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. The program would come with a five-year grant used between seven school districts from around the area. Superintendent Joe Brown said it would allow districts to work together as a team to provide students with more opportunities.

In other news, the board:

o Elected officers. Rufus Rodriguez was re-elected president, Nicole Green vice president, Del Ellis as clerk and Julie Laue as treasurer.

o Accepted the following donations: from the Fairmont Athletic Boosters, which made donations in 2017 totaling $25,133.80; $300 from the Fairmont Police Officer’s Association for a second-grade field trip to the Como Zoo; $500 from the Fairmont firefighters for a second-grade trip to the Como Zoo and $500 for a sixth-grade trip to Fort Snelling and the Science Museum.