March 18, 2010

Tensions mount during school board meeting

Tensions mount during school board meeting
Lewis, Clark board hears 17 open enroll requests
Bhg News Service

A skeptical group of patrons once again turned out for a Lewis and Clark School Board meeting held in the Plaza school library Monday night.
The crowd was lighter than in previous months, but nonetheless, parents, teachers and administrators filled the small room to hear about a variety of topics including a number of open enrollment applications.
As the meeting got started the board talked about a student who had requested open enrollment out of Lewis and Clark Berthold. The female high school student made her request to get college prerequisite courses that aren’t available in Berthold.
Then, North Shore business manager Liz Huus dropped a bombshell when she turned in 17 open enrollment applications to the board.
Elementary, middle school and high school stuedents are leaving the North Shore school, which includes Ryder, Makoti and Plaza, but reasons for their departure weren’t released by the board.
Nor were the names revealed or the applications read like the first student, but each board member sifted through the applications that presumably detailed the parents’ reasons why their children are leaving the Lewis and Clark School District.
Board President Von Lynne asked if he should read the applications and in the essence of time, the board consensus was to pass the applications around the table instead.
The board did not act on the applications and according to Supt. Brian Nelson, it is up to the accepting school board to either accept or deny the applications.
Following the meeting, small group sessions were going on in the Plaza school hallway. None of the patrons would speak on record but collectively said they are sending their kids to school in Garrison, Max and Parshall because under no circumstances will their kids attend Berthold if and when North Shore closes because of declining enrollment.
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