Education elections, contracts and easements

The board of education for Haakon School District 27-1 will have two seats open for the April 14 election.

Kelly Blair's and Matt Reedy's at-large terms are to expire. Petitions, with at least 20 signatures of registered voters within the school district, must be filed before 5:00 p.m. on February 27. Any registered voter within the school district may run. As of February 16, seven petitions have begun circulation and four of those have already been filed.

The board of education meeting on Monday, February 16, began with the announcement that one more student has come to Philip High School through open enrollment.

The board's first main order of business was for Secondary Principal Jeff Rieckman to bring to the next meeting a proposed update concerning computer class requirements. Rieckman said, "We would no longer require a full credit of computer class. We would still offer computer class as a half credit elective for seventh and eighth graders. The state feels that if the schools are doing their responsibility in the classrooms, the students should get enough computer background throughout high school. The governor wants to put laptops in every student's hands and we already have our first graders starting keyboarding. We would still offer computer classes, though, like Ag classes, computer class would not be required for graduation. This would free up instructor Tom Parquet for more computer elective classes such as another CAD/drafting class."

All the teacher contracts for next school year have been returned. Two contracts were returned unsigned. The signed contracts were approved by the board.

The district has decided to approve easements through the elementary playground to the City of Philip. These are for the installation and maintenance of sewer and drainage materials for rain run-off south of the school. Board member Matt Reedy said, "For the Community Block Grants funding much of this project, the city needs to show that it is responsible for all the work. When it comes to continuing maintenance, we may be ahead if something comes up."

Board member Anita Peterson, reported on an Associated School Board meeting last weekend. "The speaker said that the most important elected official position is the school board member. This is because they help mold our future through our children," she said.

For the month of January, the school district paid out $1,135 for a total of 19 days of substitutes. The district paid out $22,831 in hourly wages that cover a total of 2,166 hours of time. Coaches' pay for January was $12,607. The district pays a set rate to high school volleyball members for officiating at non-varsity volleyball games.

In the principal's report, Rieckman said that registration for next year's classes by the students is complete "We're just looking at the numbers now and are working on a schedule for next year." Instructor Jerry Rhodes will be taking his government class to Pierre on February 25.

Winter sports are wrapping up. The region wrestling tournament on February 21 will have 13 Philip Area athletes competing. State wrestling is February 27-28 in Aberdeen. Girls' basketball districts will be in Philip February 23, 24 and 26. "It looks like we will be the number one seed and will play on the 24th," said Rieckman. The boys' basketball district will be March 2, 5 and 6 in Kadoka, with Philip being seeded number four.

Superintendent Keven Morehart reported that Science on the Move was in Philip last week and Deborah Snook did a great job once again. The science assembly for the elementary on February 12 went well. Classes will be held on February 20 as a snow make-up day. "Legislation wise, as always, nothing seems to get done until the last day," said Morehart. "But I will keep you posted on anything that involves the school district."

The next board of education meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.