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Rugby Public School Board discusses budget cuts and testing changes
April 14, 2017

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North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction, which Rugby Public School District's grant money comes through, has received a 20 percent cut in their pass- through grants. These grants include services for schools and teachers.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate on the spring assessment. The NDSA will be administered in a few weeks at both Ely Elementary and Rugby High School. Potential bills in the legislature may allow parents to begin opting their children out of future testing, which could cause problems with federal law.

A law is being passed that says anyone with a felony cannot participate in school activities. Changes to Rugby Public School District's Student Code of Conduct will need to be made in order to accommodate this new law.

The district is currently $50,000 over last year's budget in terms of supplies, bringing next year's projected deficit to a total of around $150,000. According to Superintendent Dr. Mike McNeff, some supply requests will need to be turned down and the purchasing of new curriculum may be pushed back to a later date.

Other actions:

The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 a.m. in the RHS Board Room.

Rugby Public School District Superintendent Dr. Mike McNeff contributed to this report.

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