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2-10-20 Board Mtg. Brief

school board members and staff presenting at the February 10 board meeting The Bismarck School Board approved starting the process to hire 33 additional staff to address right sizing classrooms, enrollment growth and behavioral health needs without adding new taxes. Last school year, 28.25 additional staff were hired.

The Focus on Success at the Board meeting tied in with the results of the ELA report with operational practices in schools. Seven elementary schools have chosen Phonics as their focus for professional development to better serve students. Secondary school Reading Strategies teachers are improving continuity among BPS middle and high schools while meeting the needs of individual learners. Learn more by watching this video at 1:50 minutes in:

The Board also accepted a report on academic achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) as making progress with exception. Five of the indicators made reasonable progress, four made reasonable progress with exception, one failed to make reasonable progress, and one was baseline data. For the report, click here.

BPS will do a high school pilot for e-sports at a club level from February to March at a cost $64 per student. Fourteen schools in the state offered e-sports this school year. The North Dakota High School Activities Association will discuss e-sports this spring as it’s currently not an NDHSAA sanctioned sport.

The Board also heard a report on cameras in schools and on buses as a means to add a level of safety and security for our students.