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Board of Education wraps up semester and year

The board of education for the Haakon School District 27-1 held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 12.

The board approved a list of potential volunteer coaches that might assist with wrestling or basketball practices. Almost 40 people have been given official approval as volunteers. Some are alumni who are anticipated to join the practices during Christmas break.

The board approved the 403(b) resolution plan. Options of investment providers, as well as the South Dakota Retirement System, are now given to employees for retirement benefit plans. Whatever choices an employee makes, the school district's records must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

The wages for substitutes for the month of November totaled $1,150. This amount is for 19.5 days where substitutes were needed in the classrooms. The amount of hourly wages paid out in the month of November total to $19,355. This covers over 1,837 hours of work by 18 employees.

Semester tests will be before Christmas break. The first semester will end January 8. "Waiting for over Christmas break to then have semester tests is not good," said Secondary Principal Jeff Rieckman. "Those days before the break are so much more productive. The instructors can start right away after the break on new material, especially those instructors who have year long classes."

The school had increased by one student. The family of a second grader has moved to the district.

Work will begin on applying for a grant that helps with remodeling costs and equipment purchases for sports oriented activities. Bill Slovek, board president, said, "A fitness center would be a great asset to the community." The window of time to apply is very limited and often a school has to apply several consecutive years before close consideration. Volunteers are being sought who can donate time and grant writing experience.

On January 8, the school system will host a team from the McCook Central school. They are investigating the pros and cons of Philip's four-day school week for possible implementation by their school system.

Superintendent Keven Morehart complimented the recent Winter Concert. "It was tremendous. They did a heck of a job," said Morehart. The high school band and vocal concert will be January 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The board of education will next meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19, in room A-1 of the Philip High School.