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camp See Pages 12 and 20 i See Page 6. 0 June 23, 2014 Volume 127 - Number 43 Two Sections - $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 II mini By John Rosinski Of The Star Annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports were celeased last week, and good luck finding a school that made the cut. Every year, the requirements have been on the rise, and this year the goal to achieve proficiency in math and readingis at 100 percent. The reports are used to identify a school's overall stu- dent performance against certain key indicators. AYP re- ports are generated based on student achievement in reading and mathematics on the state's annual assess- ments, student attendance rates in elementary and middle schools, and student graduation rates in high schools. All school, district and state performance rates are compared against approved achievem~ nt goals. At the conclusion of the 2002-03 school year. 451 dis- tricts within the state met AYP. compared to only 46 that did not. Since that year. the spread between the two splits has narrowed. According to stats released by the Depart- ment of Public Instruction (DPI), only 77 districts met AYP this year. compared to the 378 that did not. Mt. Pleasant Superintendent Kevin Baumgarn said a 100 per- cent achievement goal is simply not within reach. "It's just unrealistic." Baumgarn said. "You will never get to 100 percent. In theory, it is good and would be nice if every student was proficient but in practicum it is not possible.'" To further Baumgarn's comments, none of the five schools in Rolette County, including those in Rolla, Ro- lette, St. John, Dunseith and Belcourt met AYP. Further we~4n bomneaua2otinty the re st/Itg'~eYe~fi~fi~:i~h~ ....... schools in Bottineau. Westhope and Newburg all failed to reach the 100 percent threshold, as did the schools in Towner County, including North Star and Starkweather. There were. however, a small percentage of schools that did make the cut. According to DPI Assessment Di- rector Greg Gallagher. schools were asked to do a lot. but there were ways to pass the grade. "The data speaks for itself with over 300 not making AYP." Gallagher said. "The reality of students learning and being able to perform to proficiency is a daunting challenge. The pressure on the school is significant to reach that level.'" Gallagher highlighted four ways a district could make AYE The first was if a school measured greater tkan 95 Progress (Continued or, Page 2) Things got really ugly in St. John St. John Days brought out the "Ugly Mutha" in more than a few contestants in the annual contest. Winners were Eric Poitra, left, first place; Chad Kuhn, center, second plaoe: and Cory Poitra, third place. For more on St John Days events, please turn to page 11. t ! Grace Neufeld opened the Royville Floral shop and said the Lady Slipper was her top seller throughout the week. aln .slness By John Rosinski Of The Star Last week, a section of the Turtle Mountain Community High School was transformed into a small com- munity. Students throughout Rolette County took advantage of a week- long Entrepreneurship Camp. First, the students were asked to come up with a name for their community, and from there various businesses would be created. The name of the town this year was Royville, named after camp di- rector Barry Striegel's dog. The businesses created by the stu- Savy (Continued on Page 9) Latest effort to restore Coghlan Castle includes $110,000 grant By Janae Boswell Of The Star A grant application is underway for the renovation of Coghlan Castle, North Dakota's only castle, which is located four miles North of Rolla along Highway 30. According to Save Coghlan Cas- tle, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Castle. the proj- ect plans to help enhance, protect and preserve a valuable historical re- source of the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway. The ultimate goal of the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway, which was created in 1999, is to recognize and support tourist destinations along the highway through the Turtle Moun- tains of North Dakota. This particular destination was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The goal of the project is to enable Coghlan Cas- tle to be a fully-functioning informa- tional site for the Eastern Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway. Its unique architecture has drawn hundreds of tourists for more than 50 years. Since 2007, steps have been taken to preserve the existing structure from deterioration. Coghlan Castle has been acknowledged as a vital economic resource for Rolette County and other surrounding areas in North Dakota. The City of Rolla has agreed to grant $5,000 per year to enhancing the project. Save Coghlan Castle, Inc. has signed a long-term 30-year lease for the property. The lease runs through until the year 2039 to improve and maintain the Castle, and insurance for Coghlan Castle has been donated by the Rolette County Historical Society. Tourists are currently able to stop at Coghlan Castle for viewing, but there is nothing at the site to educate visitors of its history or of the people who once lived there. Information Coghlan Castle has been shored up and stablized and efforts now include constructing infor' mational outlets and more site improvements. about Coghlan Castle has also drawn Historical Society of North Dakota, The idea is for all three sites to tell interest and volunteers from sur- Preservation North Dakota, The Na- a complete story of the Turtle Moun- rounding areas who strive to preserve tional Trust for Historic Places, Ro- tain Scenic Byway which is reflected and protect it. lette County Historical Society, ND in its their motto, "I am the highway The grant that is currently under- Tourism, Save Coghlan Castle, Inc., of mystery, the highway of beauty, way totals at an estimated cost of Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway, and the highway of peace, the highway of $110,000 that will be used to con- the National Scenic Byway Program. music, the highway of excitement, struct informational outlets that will According to Save Coghlan Cas- the highway of people." explain the history of Coghlan Castle tie, Inc., this project will accomplish The grant was supported by posi- along with site improvements in- several goals, such as ensuring that tive letters from the City of Rolla, cluding landscaping, walking paths Coghlan Castle continues to be a sig- City of St. John, Rolette County His- and other final designs. This will en- nificant intrinsic component that sup- torical Society, The State Historical able the site to be accessed and uti- ports the byway's designation, and to Society of North Dakota, then-U.S. lized safely by tourists, ensure Coghlan Castle remains the Rep. Rick Berg as well as Sen. John Many organizations have been in- eastern interpretive site for the byway. Hoeven and then-Sen. Kent Conrad. volved in supporting and/or sponsor- Mystical Horizons is the western For more information on the proj- ing events to preserve and protect the interpretive site, and the International ect, fundraising efforts or volunteer- castle such as North Dakota Depart- Peace Garden is the central interpre- ing contact Rolla City Hall at ment of Transportation, The State tive site. 477-3610. 1201 Main Ave lmUXll 477-3116 W Great deals on Husqvarna Zero-Turn Mowers/ HUGE SELECTION of Push and Riding Mowers also in stock/ HusqvaT= I Great prices on aft Trimmers and Chainsaws!