Haakon School Board looks at new scholarship, intercom, playground equipment and volunteers

The Monday, March 17th, meeting of the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began with the preliminary approval of another scholarship for Philip High School graduates.

Richard and Gladys Smith of Philip wish to put $50,000 each, totaling $100,000, into a Certificate of Deposit from which interest would go to scholarships. One scholarship, of a yet undetermined amount, would be awarded to a graduating senior continuing their education in the health care field. The scholarship would be renewable by that graduate for up to four years, if they satisfy the criteria. Theoretically, after the first four years the yearly scholarship could be helping four students at the same time. Following policy, the board is looking into the agreement before finalizing its acceptance. Board President Matt Reedy said, "We want the Smith's to know that this scholarship is greatly appreciated."

Contract negotiations for next year will begin sometime after March 24th. Representing the board will be Reedy, Craig Hanrahan and Vonda Hamill. For the certified employees will be Marie Slovek, Kim Bouman and Jayne Gottsleben. For the classified employees will be Pat Westerberg, Kathy Peterson and Brenda Grenz.

Dave Elkjer of Golden West Security Communication Systems presented a telephone-intercom-bells system to the board. "Basically, it will expand your current phone system. Everything will be accessed through the telephones," he said. It will offer individual room paging as well as simultaneous paging in all the classrooms and the hallways. "What I see is, if there is an incident in a classroom, the teacher would have ready access." The proposed system would use the current wiring.

The board has been discussing such a system for several years. The school currently has no intercom and has a bell system with the same tone for all occasions. "As of now, we have no way of alerting any given classroom of a security alert," said Superintendent Keven Morehart. The building committee would like to hold off any commitment until they know that they can work within the school's budget. Elkjer volunteered that installation could be done in June and the work not billed until July.

Reedy has met with the Philip City Council concerning the playground erosion problem. The council is applying for a Central Development Block Grant in order to install a storm sewer system, which will take some time and everything must go through the city's application. Reedy said, "As far as we are concerned, as long as our rocks don't wash away, we can wait awhile. I'll continue to talk with city. Everything will be very clear before we put any money in."

Expansion of the volunteer coach list has been approved to include Pat Guptill to assist with track. For golf, volunteer coaches Dak Carley, Luke Weber, Brad Haynes and Jim Sandstrom have been approved.

The board entered executive session for preliminary discussion of personnel. No action was taken.

The Haakon Education Association officially thanked the school