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Frazee will offer testing-out option

Preparing for the future, Frazee-Vergas School Principal Brain Koslofsky asked the school board Monday night to allow him to put together a committee to help kids test out of classes when the need arises.

He said it's fairly rare, but it has happened and there is no policy or procedure in place at the moment.

"We're just looking for guidance and direction," he said. "It's intended for advanced students (who are moving along) toward graduation quicker."

It's not designed for students who have failed a class and want to simply test out of it.

An example of when it might be useful, he said, is when a student moves to Frazee from another district and may have already had the classes that Frazee would require for a certain grade.

Assessments may include final exams, a group of unit exams, portfolio work, demonstration of skills, interview and other performance-based assessments.

According to Koslofsky's timeline, he'd like to have the departments discuss the policy in November and December and then have a review of the final drafts ready for approval in February, ready to go for the 2010-11 school year.

"I see it as a positive step," board member Nancy Dashner said.

"I have no objection," agreed Dwight Cook. "Keep us posted."

Also at the board meeting, Renee Christofferson shared her Lifetime Achievement Award with the board. After 33 years of service in the Frazee District at the Indian Education director, the Minnesota Indian Education Association recognized and honored Christofferson with the award.

She told the board about her duties -- making sure Indian students come to class, are successful and graduate and continue their education -- with the students as well as the upcoming events for the Native Club, which she heads.

Christofferson's program is federally funded depending on the number of Indian students in the district. When she came in 1977, she was working with 129 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Now she has 77 students. She works three days a week with the district.

"The school district has been wonderful, very supportive of my program," she told board members.

Upcoming meeting dates for the school board include:

• Regular board meeting, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.

• Joint city and school board meeting, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Frazee City Hall.

• School board working session, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.

• Truth and Taxation hearing, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.

• Open forum, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center.