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Taxes and technology on agenda [UPDATED]

Published 10:18am Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Updated 1:20pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You are invited to attend two Fergus Falls School District meetings starting at 6:01 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the City Hall Council Chambers. The first meeting will be to discuss the Fergus Falls Public Schools Taxes Payable 2013.

This meeting was formerly known as Truth in Taxation. The second meeting is the annual Technology Plan and Internet Safety Policy, which will discuss specific technology protection measures to block or filter Internet access.

The public is encouraged to ask questions and give input to the School Board.


Weather-related announcements

The safety of students is one of our greatest concerns. Therefore, there are times when circumstances make it necessary to close school, start school late or dismiss school early.

Before making weather-related decisions, school officials are in contact with Ottertail Coaches, area school districts and the National Weather Service.

If school is in session and an approaching storm makes it necessary to close early, it takes about two hours to activate all busses and load students. Consequently, a decision to close must be made at least two hours before the schools actually close.

At times, parents may want to pick up their children early and are encouraged to do so by notifying the child’s building secretary of their decision.

If school is in session on a day you, as a parent, feel it is too cold or too stormy, you should treat that similar to deciding whether to send your child to school if he or she is ill.

Your decision to not send your child to school due to weather will be handled as an excused absence, just as it would for illness, providing that weather-related absences do not become excessive.

School district officials are also aware of the impact a change in the school day has on families, particularly when childcare is involved or there is no one at home during school hours.

One way to help with this situation is to make sure you have made a storm home arrangement for your child or children and inform your school.

Weather-related announcements for the Fergus Falls School District will be broadcast on the radio and television stations listed below. Lakes Radio in Fergus Falls: KJJK-AM (1020), KJJK-FM (96.5), KBRF-AM (1250), KZCR-FM (Z-103.3) and KPRW-FM (99.5). Clear Channel radio from Fargo: KFGO-AM (790), KVOX-AM (1280), KBAF-FM (B-93) and KRVI-FM (The River 95.1), KKBX-FM (The Box 101.9), and WDAY-FM (Y-94). Television Stations: Fargo – KXJB (4), WDAY (6), KVLY (11) and Alexandria – KSAX (5).

In addition, weather announcements will be recorded on the school district’s automated phone system (218-988-0544) and on the district’s web site:

We are also posting school closures, delays, and other alerts through our @544alerts Twitter account, where you can receive text messages nearly instantly.

You do not need a Twitter account of your own to receive these texts. Please visit our website at for detailed instructions. (Please note that this is just one of the many ways we alert the public about school closings and delays, and should not be relied upon as your sole source of information.)

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