School board discusses finances and ESL program

Sarah Ebeling | Editor

Last week’s school board meeting in Parker, held Monday, Dec. 16, had the board in and out of their meeting in quick fashion. Although the group had a lengthy, detailed agenda, the board quickly discussed the issues on hand without any issues. 

Business Manager Jim Vogel spoke to the board about his financial report and the decrease in some funds from last November. He noted though, that the school will experience a increase of almost $6000 per student for an additional 25 students that have enrolled in Parker. He also noted that the school’s capital outlay fund is on the rise again, and Little Pheasants are up financially too. 

English Second Language (ESL) teacher Carla Engbarth gave a demonstration to the council in regards to her work with students who are in the school and learning English. She explained that she currently has 19 students she is working with the fully integrate them into Parker. 

Vogel told the board that Engbarth does many behind the scenes things to help alleviate any anxiety the students may have. 

Board member Erin Anderson asked if the ESL students’ classmates are learning a different language and Engbarth explained that the kids are all teaching each other. 

Superintendent Donavan DeBoer noted that he thinks it is incredible that kids can hear a question asked in English, process it in their own language, answer it in their language and the convert it and answer it in English.

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