Fairmont Area drafts calendar

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday approved a school calendar for 2018-2019.

Board member Nicole Green reported the district has heard feedback from some parents who say having the same schedule for both the elementary school and high school would be helpful. Currently, there are several days that K-6 students have no school or an early dismissal while the high school in is session. Green said the calendar committee worked hard to plan for the upcoming year and took the concerns of parents into consideration.

“It’s very important for families to have that consistency,” said board member Julie Laue.

In other business, the board was reminded that on March 14 there will be two tours of Lincoln School. It is the new potential site of Southern Plains Education Cooperative, which is currently housed in Winnebago. The tours, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., will be led by Sarah Mittelstadt, director of special services at the co-op. The community is welcome to attend a tour, see the building and hear more about the proposed plan.

“This move would affect and impact all of us,” said board member Del Ellis.

In other news, the board:

o Accepted a donation of $750 from The First Congregational United Church of Christ for the school district Angel Fund.

o Received gifts made by Fairmont Jr./Sr High School art students in celebration of School Board Week recognition. Two Education Minnesota-Fairmont members, teachers Michelle Traetow and Jessica Schmidt, were present to give the gifts to board members.