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Haakon 27-1 Board of Education sets make-up snow day

Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education held its monthly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17.

October's total for substitute pay is $1,225 for an equivalent total of 21 teaching days. The month's total for wages going to hourly employees was $23,552.11 for a total of 2,198 hours of work amoungst 17 employees filling the responsibilities of 22 functions or positions.

The board approved a school calendar change. School was cancelled on November 6 because of a dangerous winter storm. That school time will be made up on Friday, February 20. Because of no school on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 16, the week will still be a four day school week.

The negotiated agreement has been amended and ratified to now state that the fringe amounts available to qualifying employees are to be used for major medical, dental, optical, life insurance and/or to be placed in the South Dakota Supplemental Retirement System. The district will contribute on behalf of the employee to other qualifying tax sheltered plans of the employee's choosing, but any fees or penalties incurred by such plans will be the responsibility of the employee. (Basically, the last sentence above is what was added to the agreement.)

The third and final reading of the district's homelessness policy was approved. The policy basically treats any homeless student as any other student, with all benefits, concerns and expectations.

Wrestling practice has already started, November 17.

On November 24 there will be fifth/sixth grade and junior high girls' basketball games vs. Jones County in Draper. The junior high team will host the New Underwood team on November 25. On December 2, the junior high girls' basketball team will play in Wall at 6:00 p.m. December 4 will have the fifth/sixth GBB playing at Union Center and the JHGBB hosting White River. On December 12, the junior high girls will compete in the Conference Tournament at White River.

•Tuesday, November 25, the Northern Hills Honor Band Festival in Spearfish will finish with a concert at 6:30 p.m.

•Wednesday, November 26, students will have early dismissal at 1:00 p.m. for Thanksgiving break.

•High school boys' basketball practice starts on Monday, December 1.

•December 3 will be school picture re-take day.

•On December 5 and 6, the Philip High School wrestling program begins its season's competition at the Stanley County Tournament.

•December 6 through 8 will be the State FFA in Pierre.

•December 8 will be the annual boys' basketball scrimmage at 6:00 p.m.

•The junior high music concert will be at 6:30 p.m. on December 9.