Aitkin School Board discusses SEL program, Enrollment numbers at October 18th meeting
By Paul Vold email@example.com (10/21/21)
(Aitkin, MN) — The Public School Board reviewed the Enrollment, Setting Social, Emotional Learning Program for Rippleside Elementary, and the Capital Projects Levy from the High School Media Center Monday night.
The Board did approve the second of policies for removing COVID-19 Face Coverings as the State Executive Order has expired, Community Education, Building Use After Hours, Staff Fitness Opportunities, Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites, and Equal Educational Opportunity. Consent Agenda Items of Winter Activities Coaches and Volunteers, Hirings, and the Community Educational Annual Report for 2021-22 were also approved.
Superintendent Dan Stifter did open discussion on the background of the Social, Emotional Learning Program for Rippleside Elementary.
After lengthy discussion from the Board on the inner workings of gender ideology as part of a SEL curriculum, the Board voted against the addition of the program on a vote of 4-3. First readings of policies including Use of School District Facilities and Equipment and School ID were read at the meeting. Superintendent Stifter noted that enrollment numbers are down going into MEA weekend.
Stifter also spoke about the last push for presentations to local groups on the Capital Projects ahead of the November 2nd Election.
The COVID-19 case numbers in the District were presented and further detail was given on the mask policy.
Stifter also mentioned that plans are in place adding to varsity and junior varsity softball fields.
The Aitkin Public School Board will next meet Monday, November 15th at 7pm from the High School Media Center.