During the School Board work session on Jan. 9, the board discussed the student placement options for our fifth-grade students for future years. Portable classrooms were ruled out of the discussion first because of their additional cost and seen as only a temporary fix.

The discussion then turned to the fifth grade moving to Kennedy Secondary School.

Should all of the fifth grade or just the four classrooms based at Cleveland move to KSS? When using the five criteria set by the Student Placement Committee — class size, student achievement, keeping department and grade levels together, long-term planning and fewer transitions — at this time, the preference by the individual board members is to move the entire fifth grade to KSS.

A final decision by the School Board will be made at the Feb. 13 School Board meeting. The next public meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the KSS Auditorium. Tours of the Kennedy Secondary School will begin at 5 p.m. — please meet in the front foyer (Door A) while waiting for a tour.

The School Board is also committed to forming a Facility Planning Committee to determine the Fergus Falls Public Schools facility needs.

National Honor Society

The Fergus Falls Chapter inducted their new members in a ceremony on Jan. 9. Congratulation to the follow inductees: Sydney Albertson, Camryn Appert, Harrison Christensen, Karissa Ellingson, Sarah Huffman, DeAnna Hurley, Grace Kelly, Kate Kotschevar, Emily Kunz, Taylor Larson, Bret Leitch, Drew Luhning, Katelyn Mach, Alyssa Martin, Jacob Marvel, Alexandra McKinnell, Clancy Oliphant, Maggie Salwei, Katelyn Strand, Ellie Swenson, Emma Uhrich and Nathan Zierden

The program was conducted by this year’s officers: President Evan Aanerud, Vice President Erica Wahlund, Secretary Emma Daniels, Historian Sarah Onstad, along with the NHS’ Advisor Elizabeth Abrahams. All of the inductees read the following pledge: I pledge myself to uphold the high purpose of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands; I will be loyal to my school; and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Assistant Principal Shane Thielke delivered remarks to the inductees and parents. His key points were connected to his personal experiences from each of his different jobs: value your life experiences and learn from them; find something that you love and you’ll never work another day in your life; accept change, embrace change; don’t be afraid to fail; take risks; and have a foundation of values and a philosophy to live by. We get out of life what we put into it and our attitude dictates who we are.

Congratulations to Richard Risbrudt

The Minnesota Football Coaches Association has named former Hillcrest and Fergus Falls High School Coach Richard Risbrudt as a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Coach Risbrudt has many accolades and awards including conference, section and state coach of the year, most influential teacher, and Fergus Falls Teacher of the Year.

Coach Risbrudt has coached teams to 11 state playoffs including winning a state title while coaching at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in 2001. Hillcrest was also state runner-up in 1976, 1977, 1982, 1998 and 2004.

Coaches will be honored in a ceremony that will be at the DoubleTree Minneapolis on April 1.

Please join me in congratulating Coach Risbrudt!

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of Fergus Falls Public Schools. His column appears every Wednesday.


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