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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Montevideo High School opens doors to digital devices next year

  • Out of a joint effort that involved input from the student body, teachers and administrators, students at Montevideo high school will now be allowed to use their mobile devices during school hours...for the purposes of learning.
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  • Out of a joint effort that involved input from the student body, teachers and administrators, students at Montevideo high school will now be allowed to use their mobile devices during school hours...for the purposes of learning.
     
    Principal Bruce Bergeson informed the board that students will now be able to use the devices during school hours. They will be allowed to use them during lunch and study hall as well.
     
    “They will have to check them in during study hall and the teacher will have to give them the ok,” said Bergeson.
     
    The updated policy, however, will include stricter penalties for those students who are found to be in violation.
     
    “If they’re on their Facebook or Texting there will be more severe consequences,” noted Bergeson.
     
    He told the board that he would speak to some students about the now former policy and when they were found in violation they would say “there really isn’t a consequence.”
    Previously students were not allowed to use their phones at all during school hours.
     
    Toddler playground
    New playground equipment for the Sanford building has almost been funded by the generous donations of the community.
     
    “We are only about $9,000 to $10,000 away from funding the project simply with donations,” said Montevideo school board member Maggie Kluver. “The generosity has been amazing.”
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    Those groups who have given towards the project are:
    - $9,500 – Montevideo Area Community Foundation
    - $4,107.51 - Papa Murphy’s fundraiser/donations
    - $2,000 – ECFE
    - $2,000 – SWNS
    - $677.36 – ALC
    -$100 – Minnwest Casual wear fund
    - $1,500 – Minnwest Bank
    - $2,000 – User Fees – Softball
    - $100 – Montevideo Admirals
    - $5,000 – Prairie Five Head Start
    - $2,300 – Individual Donations
    - $1,000 – Shari Memorial
    - $1,000 – SEIU Healthcare MN
    - $2,000 – Ice Castle Fish House
    - $140 – Ambient Chiropractic
    - $3,000 – Family Services
    Page 3 of 3 - - $500 – Klein Bank
    - $200 – Monte Youth Sports Club
    - $500 – Nutrition Task Force Committee
     
    Other news
    • The board heard an Impact Comparison and Analysis of the DX and Chiller Solutions for Dehumidification for the middle school campus.  Included in the support materials was a comparison and analysis of the two de-humidification solutions.  
     
    “In order to submit an application for Health & Safety funding, we must decide which of the solutions we wish to pursue,” said Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller.  
     
    The discussion focused on the pros and cons of each solution.  “This will be added to the June 26th agenda for board action,” noted Heller.
    • The board approved tenure for Shannah Anderson, Kelly Carruth, Andrea Haug, Amanda Macziewski, Mary Morgan and Aimee Thalberg.
    • Student lunches will be increasing by $0.10 per meal. With those increases, meals for students in grades K-4 will be $2.15, meals for students in grades 5-12 will be $2.25 and adult meals will remain at $3.50.  Also increasing in price are the admission to athletic events and the extra-curricular activity fees.
    • Several summer building and grounds projects are underway.
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