On June 28, the Dickinson Public Schools and community of Dickinson took ownership of the new middle school. The grand opening for the facility was conducted on August 2 and the building is in full operational mode. This state of the art school building will welcome the first students through its doors on August 24.
Having been a school administrator for over 35 years, it is safe to say local media outlets are essential to the school district in communicating with the public. The ability to provide information on a myriad of subjects, upon request, has been crucial to providing accurate and current information. Without the ability to work with local media, communicating information about the school district would have been significantly complicated.
Progress continues to be made on the new middle school. Each time we visit the new facility it is exciting to see how much closer we are to taking ownership of the facility. The school district is scheduled to take ownership of the new facility on July 1, 2017. We are currently working to address a myriad of issues in preparation for opening the facility in the fall. Among these issues is the shuttle bus service to provide transportation service for some of the students in the new facility.
Every year the Dickinson Public School District, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, provides an annual progress report on student achievement called the School District Profile. This profile is now available for your review. I encourage you to access and study this important information. This report demonstrates the progress our students are making in terms of our challenging academic standards. You may access the School District Profile for the Dickinson Public School District on the
It was with interest that I read the guest column regarding stalled negotiations between the Dickinson Public School board and Dickinson Education Association. Like Paul Harvey, I would like to provide the rest of the story. First, the DEA brings in an attorney. Next, the school board is threatened with a lawsuit. Now the North Dakota United president becomes involved with his emotional railing. In March, the school board was lectured by DEA President Lyle Smith that nothing east of Gladstone should matter.
This school year, the Dickinson Public Schools implemented a shuttle bus service for students residing in the eligible service area. This service was implemented to alleviate traffic congestion around the...
As one school year comes to a close, the school district is busy preparing for a new school year to begin in the fall. We are estimating that enrollment in the school district will increase by 5 to 7 percent next school year. This includes new enrollees and transfers, as well as larger classes moving forward in the school district. The school board has made plans to address the ongoing increase in enrollment through the following steps. The community is aware that the school district opened a new elementary school this fall to accommodate the growing student population.
In the past few years, Dickinson Public Schools has experienced dramatic growth in student enrollment. For example, in grades K-6 we have added approximately 646 K-6 students since May 2009. This number is virtually equal to the combined enrollment at Heart River, Berg and Jefferson Elementary Schools in May 2009. As the community is aware, in conjunction with the DLR Group, the school district has been conducting a facility master planning process to address this increasing enrollment.
The second semester of the school year is well underway and the winter weather is starting to moderate. While the weather is changing, one thing in the school district is not changing. New students have continued to enroll in the Dickinson School District throughout the months of January and February. This is a different experience as new students typically do not enroll in the school district during these months.
The second semester of the school year has begun. It is difficult to believe the 2013-14 school year is more than halfway complete. The school district continues to welcome new students on a weekly basis from all parts of our nation and other countries.