Verndale School will add more security
by Trinity Gruenberg
The Verndale School Board held their regular meeting on October 7. Dean of Students/Activities Director Greg Johnson was absent.
Superintendent Paul Brownlow said the state had money left after June and qualified the schools for safe schools supplemental aid. Verndale will receive $19,490. They are looking at adding more security cameras for the school and the buses.
Community Concern for Youth
Dan Huebsch with Community Concern for Youth reviewed the program. It is a part of Todd-Wadena Community Corrections. He works with referrals from the school and the county attorneys to keep kids out of the court system.
From the summer of 2018 to this summer, there were 51 new cases in the county and he closed out 41 with 36 students completing the program. They completed 212 hours of community service and over 250 volunteer hours.
They have a community garden in Staples and donated 1100 pounds of produce to Todd and Wadena counties.
Huebsch is currently carrying the caseloads for both counties until they hire another person for Todd County. He currently has 80 cases. His average caseload is half of that.
He explained that 80 percent of his attendance cases were resolved and didn’t end with truancy. He worked with 14 students in Verndale last year.