Spring Grove School Board members accepted the resignation of three veteran ISD #297 teachers on March 18 as part of the district's retirement incentive program. A fourth educator has tendered his resignation to accept full-time employment elsewhere.

Fifth-grade teacher Laurie Moen is retiring with 35 years seniority. Bill Fried has been with Spring Grove Public School for 33 years. His current title is English instructor. Karen Stenhoff is the last employee who has opted to utilize the program. She has worked for the district for 25 years. Mrs. Stenhoff is now teaching third grade.

Physical education instructor Michael Tangen's resignation was also accepted. Superintendent Rachel Udstuen said that Tangen has taken a full-time job at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he will fulfill both classroom and recruiting coordinator duties.

All four were thanked for their years of service with the district.

Principal gives report to board

Principal Nancy Gulbranson gave board members an overview of the Check in Check Out, Planned Discussions, Each One Teach One and Problem Solving Team programs.

"I wanted the board to have a good handle on what we do to support kids with all of the different issues that they have in the department," she said, "whether it be attendance (primarily handled through my office) or with the academic and behavioral checks from different programs we have on board."

The district's policy in cases of 10 absences or more is to require a verification slip for each absence thereafter, Gulbranson reported.

Testing begins April 16 including MCA II for reading MCA III for math, GRAD for reading, math and written composition, AP for English Lit and Government, as well as NWEA and AIMsweb exams.

Gulbranson said the senior class will depart for Washington, D.C., on March 24 for their annual trip and return on the 30th.

"I'm not sure what kinds of weather they'll find out there or if there's any cherry blossoms at all that are not covered with snow, but we're anxious to go," she noted.

Other news from the board

The board approved switching some items on the 2013-14 calendar. The March 5 In-service Day will become a late start instead of an early out while the May 6 date will become an early out instead of a late start.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.