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Haakon School Board heads toward this school year's end and toward next year

Board President Matt Reedy was given authorization to finalize details with Piroutek Auction in setting up the sale of property and land donated to the school district by the Cottonwood Roping Club. Reduced advertisement costs and a potentially larger bidding crowd are the reasons the land sale will be simultaneous with other land sales. The tentative sale date is May 26. The corrals and other property will be sold with other property tentatively on May 12. Proceeds are to be used as the capital for future scholarships.

The state has reviewed and accepted the last audit submitted by the school district. Other districts have been working with independent audit costs of over $11,000 per year. Haakon School District 27-1 has been striving to keep those costs under $10,000. "In past years it has been less expensive for us because we have done more (bookkeeping) up front," said Business Manager Jackie Longbrake.

The board authorized the administration to offer contracts to the certified staff for next school year.

Board member Anita Peterson reported on the Black Hills Special Services Co-op. Though it recently received a good review from supervising entities, the BHSSC will probably still be losing some federal funding due to nationwide cutbacks. To offset this, the organization is expanding into western Wyoming. Peterson said that the BHSSC has made reassurances that it will not diminish its work with South Dakota clients.

Superintendent Keven Morehart discussed the possibility of co-oping with surrounding schools on next year's wrestling program. Philip has few if any fifth and sixth grade wrestlers coming up. Philip would run the program and pay for the head wrestling coach. Other participating schools would have to accept the Philip Scotties name and come to practices in Philip. There would be no costs except the transportation of getting the athletes to the practices. No surrounding school has yet opted to dissolve any current co-op agreement and join with Philip.

The STEP Testing has been completed. Results should be in by the first part of August.

The Regional Spelling Bee for elementary students will be April 26.

On May 2, high school junior and seniors will attend a mock accident and safety day in Wall.

The All-school Play will be performed on Thursday, May 3, and on Sunday, May 6.

The annual track and field day for Philip elementary and rural attendance centers is scheduled for May 10, with a rain day on May 17.

The year end school award ceremony will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.

A Farm Use Safety Program will be held for elementary students on May 14. Some of the presentations will be safety concerning the house, farm, electrical, bicycles, and others. Tom Parquet will present gun safety. The FFA program and Extension Livestock Educator Adele Gelvin will help organize the program.

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.

The next scheduled meeting for the Haakon School District 27-1 board will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.