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Published August 24, 2010, 07:45 PM

Grand Forks Schools Ready for First Day of School

Building renovations, curriculum reviews and saying hello to new students means the Grand Forks School District is ready for the new year.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Building renovations, curriculum reviews and saying hello to new students means the Grand Forks School District is ready for the new year.

" There's no day so full of promise as the first day of school," said Dr. Beth Randklev, Principal of Ben Franklin Elementary in Grand Forks.

She said the stacks of fun books, flash cards and colorful classrooms all serve a well-thought-out purpose

" We work really hard to build a positive impression so we have a good year all year," said Randklev.

Preparations go beyond aesthetics. With school starting for kindergarten through ninth grade on Wednesday, and 10th through12th a day later, much work has been done.

While students have had the summer off, class has been in session for teachers at the 18 schools in the Grand Forks District.

" Teachers take extra classes, we've had teachers do book studies all summer..reading about new techniques about how to be more affective."

While the teachers have orientation and in-services to get ready inside, updates, including new windows for Central High School have been called on for the outside.

" Some other things not so visible...roofs, windows, insulation, boiler systems. Ultimately make things better for the learning environment," said Dr. Larry Nybladh, Superintendent of Grand Forks Schools.

Nybladh said communication technology factors into this approach.

" Our technology committee is looking into modernizing policies involving cell phones and messaging devices."

Though Some schools do not allow students to have their cell phones, Nybladh points out schools in Grand Forks have an acceptable use policy.

" We should engage where we embrace digital devices in our schools. Essentially trying to turn that an opportunity for students to use devices for learning."

All the construction updates and policy reviews all have something in common: The first day of school.

" There's always a sense of enthusiasm across the entire school district," said Nybladh. Randklev's enthusiasm is all about one group.

" It has to be the kids. They keep it fresh they keep it new."

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