Crosslake: School board learns about ENVoY training, hears board election results

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The Crosslake Community School Board learned more about ENVoY, a set a nonverbal classroom management skills, at its Monday, Nov. 13, board meeting.

Marilyn McKeehan, who works with schools to help implement ENVoY strategies, gave the board an overview of the program, in which teachers use body language and other nonverbal techniques to manage their classrooms.

As of Monday, 20 teachers and staff members at CCS had had some form of ENVoY training. Director Todd Lyscio said that by Thursday, almost 100 percent of staff members will have had at least introductory training. If Crosslake wants to become an official ENVoY certified school, which some board members have expressed interest in, McKeehan said at least 80 percent of teachers and staff members would have to be ENVoY certified.

Though no one at Crosslake is officially certified yet, the board is looking into that in the future.

School board elections

The school board held elections for 2018 on Oct. 24 and 26. Two teachers, Lisa Steffen and Lance Swanson, were elected to two-year terms on the board and will succeed current teacher representatives Lisa Schumacher and Patty Durham.

Mara Powers, who was appointed to fill the rest of a vacated term in September, was also elected for a two-year term.

Parent representative Jeremy Max was re-elected for another two-year term.

Other board members are teacher Bev Loeffler, parents Lori Scharenbroich and Kysa Corbett, and community representative Karen Larson.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Heard that attendance for October was 89.08 percent.

• Heard that enrollment is around 205 students, though the number constantly fluctuates. Lyscio estimated attendance to be about 213 by the end of the week.

• Tabled discussion on budget revisions for next month so board members can have more time to look over materials.

• Discussed the idea of officially designating a portion of the new school property as a school forest, but because Crosslake Community School will not own the building or land, board members agreed they would have to talk with the LAKE Foundation. Having an official school forest could qualify the school for specific grants and Department of Natural Resources programs.

• Approved the 2017-18 staff evaluation model.