WHA School Board Meeting Highlights Significant Reduction In Behavior Referalls

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The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Board met Feb. 13 to hear several reports and to get caught up on the district’s agenda. 

High School Principal Tom Cooper reported a big reduction in behavior referrals. This time last year there had been 382 referrals due to behavior issues. That number went down by 34 percent to 253 for this year.

Cooper stated that it was a testament to the staff being given the support to hold students accountable on the spot and staying consistent with policy.


Another aspect of the decrease in behavior referrals was The Halo Smart Sensor. The device catches comprehensive health and safety problems, but it also can detect miniscule amounts of vape and send an instant message about where and when the sensors picked up the vape particles.

PreK-5 Principal Jill McGowan attended the annual Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association Conference taking in lectures regarding self care for leaders, the science of reading and other leadership sessions.

American Indian Education Director Janelle Johnson reported submitting an Impact Grant for approval, and that 14 high school students are working to earn elective credits through the new Ojibwe Language course.