Tricounty News

Oct. 25 Update

The “Donut Hole”

If you haven’t yet heard the term “donut hole” used in educational conversations, you will soon. The term is used to describe a large group of Minnesota school districts, 132 to be exact, that were overlooked at the last legislative session. Approximately one-third of Minnesota’s school districts don’t qualify for Small School Revenue or the Location Equity Revenue that was created in the 2013 session.

The Eden Valley-Watkins School District is one of many that will experience the financial inequity of last-minute legislative bargaining. Location Equity Revenue provides an additional $424 per pupil unit in the seven-county metro area, and $212 per pupil unit to those outstate school districts with enrollments that exceed 2,000 students in grades K-12.

I think it’s time we begin to call our area Representatives and ask why our children aren’t worth the additional funding that was provided to metro schools and other districts over 2,000 students. We need to have some conversations about the politics, and then encourage our legislature to correct the inequity of Location Equity Revenue.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Stearns County Emergency Management is promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week during the week of Nov. 4-8. This is an opportunity to raise awareness for our district residents of the winter weather ahead and what we can do to be adequately prepared. Following are some valuable tips worth remembering:

• Know the warning signs of hypothermia – uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

• Keep extra food and supplies at home in case a storm prevents traveling

• Have a battery operated radio to listen to updates during a storm

• Create a home and car survival kit for you and your family

• Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent the gas line from freezing

• Always wear a hat and mittens

Check out these websites for more winter safety tips:

Weekly Assessments

Grades 7-9 will be taking their NWEA MAP (short form) Oct. 29.