Belle Plaine Public Schools will hold off on summer programming until mid-July with 15 sessions planned. Schooling will continue to follow a distance learning format, due in part to the difficulty in securing personal protective equipment. Belle Plaine will join the tide of virtually all neighboring schools, who will be proceeding with distance learning for summer programming.
The district will have a clearer idea of what returning to school will look like in the fall on July 27, when Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce another round of guidelines.
The school board approved the fiscal year 2021 budget, which was set based on normal circumstances. The adopted budget reflects about $22 million in revenues and about $22.5 million in expenditures. The difference will amount to a slight decrease in the unreserved fund balance from 13.44% to 12.49%. The budget was calculated under the assumption that school will return to normal.
Teachers will now operate with a new evaluation program that emphasizes observable favorable outcomes for teachers in their classrooms, peer review and various other facets. The district is dropping their old evaluation model, which was purchased from a for-profit company, in favor of the new 5D+ Model, which accounts for five dimensions of successful teaching.