Henton: Counting down the school year

Spring break is upon us and with it comes the knowledge that the school year is starting to wind down.

One sure sign of spring is the Sunrise River School carnival. This year’s carnival is 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. As in previous years, we will run shuttle service from both the high school and the North Branch Area Education Center to accommodate the large numbers of people attending.

North Branch Area Public Schools superintendent Deb Henton recommended the district go back to a five-day school week during the July 11 school board meeting.

Deb Henton

There are games, food, and fun, and the pop bottle ring toss and silent auction are back by popular demand. If you have any questions, please call the Sunrise office at 651-674-1100.

Another sure sign of spring is a finalized budget for the upcoming school year. The school board approved the budget March 13 and it includes a return to a five-day week starting next fall. The budget also calls for an elimination of bus tiers.

I would like to thank all of those who provided the school district input during this budget season. As you can imagine, most was around the subject of four-day vs. five-day weeks. As I have said before, recommending a return to a five-day week was based on a promise made by me to do so when our funding situation changed.

Families will be getting letters in the next week explaining the decision further and it will include a copy of the draft calendar for next year. We expect the school board will consider approval of the calendar in its current form at its April meeting. The calendar is also available at the district homepage under “school calendars.”

We have one more weather make-up day left on the calendar: Monday, May 5. Please be sure it is on your calendars.

Last but not least, Community Service Day is scheduled Friday, May 23. If you know of anyone in the community who could use some spring clean-up help, please contact Patrick Tepoorten at 651-674-1018 or ptepoorten@northbranch.k12.mn.us.

 — Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools
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