Haakon School District new year

The oath of office was taken by, from left, Mark Radway and Jake Fitzgerald.

The Monday, July 16, meeting of the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began with Mark Radway and Jake Fitzgerald reciting their oathes of office as they began their terms.
Scott Brech will continue as the board president, and Anita Peterson is the school board’s vice president. Superintendent Keven Morehart is still the authority responsible for closing school for emergencies, inclement weather and any other reasons. Britni Ross was again appointed as the school district’s business manager; and the bond has been set according to law. Board meetings will be the first Monday after the second Tuesday of each month, in room A-1 of the Philip High School. The meeting times will be at 7:00 p.m., except for November through March when the time will be at 6:00 p.m. School board members will again receive $50 plus mileage for each official meeting.
First National Bank in Philip is the official depository for school district funds and accounts. The Pioneer Review is the official newspaper for publications of official school board meetings, advertisements and other information. Rodney Freeman, Huron, is again the school district’s attorney.
School breakfasts, new this year, will be $1.40 for students and $1.80 for adults. Student reduced breakfast costs will be 30 cents. Lunch prices for students in seventh through 12th grades will remain $2.00. Adults prices are still $2.75. For students in kindergarten through sixth grade, the cost of lunches has been raised from $1.75 to $1.90. All student reduced lunch prices are still 40 cents. Extra milk is still 25 cents. Morehart said that the price increases are required by program regulators to make sure the free and reduced program is not subsidizing the regular food program.
Activity admission prices for students and seniors citizens 65-years-old or older are still $2.00, with season passes being $20. Activity admission for adults is $3.00, with season passes being $35.00.
Rose Bennett has turned in her resignation as head cook, after nine years of being with the school district. Michelle Butler will fill that position, and Johanna Baye will be the assistant cook.
The board approved the publication of the list of employee contract salaries, according to South Dakota Codified Law. Contracts have been officially approved for Morehart as the head high school football coach, and Travis DeJong as the junior high football coach. Since no qualified replacement could be found, Kim Bouman has agreed to continue on as head volleyball coach.
The geothermal well that supplies heating for the Philip school buildings requires treatment with barium chloride. The board accepted this year’s bid for the compound from Black Hills Chemical, at $21,736 for 220 50 pound bags. A bid for propane at $1.39 per gallon from Cenex Midwest Cooperative was also accepted. The cost of milk to students will remain the same this year, with the accepted bid from Land O’ Lakes for white milk at 22.56 cents per half pint and for chocolate milk at 24.51 cents per half pint.
Discussion will continue, with public input being solicited, about possibly holding senior graduation on a Saturday rather than a Sunday. In 2001, graduation was on a Saturday. It has been communicated that some graduation audience members would like to be able to travel back home before late Sunday evening.
The board approved a 2012-2013 Children’s Internet Protection Act policy. For a school to receive funding for Internet access, the school must have an Internet safety policy. Measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors.
The annual budget hearings began with this meeting, and must be finalized before October. The 2012-2013 proposed budget total is $3,102,282. The 2012-2013 proposed means of finance is the same as the expenditures. Within the next month, there are five lane change requests expected from teachers.
In his superintendent’s report, Morehart said that the parking lot blacktop and striping project should be completed in the next few days. Deep Creek School should also be ready in a few weeks to reopen for the 2012-2013 school year. Summer school will finish up next Thursday. The air conditioning units will be installed and ready for use before classes start.
Mike Baer has begun his duties as the new secondary principal. “I’m excited to be back,” said Baer. “We were thinking about our kids. Philip is a great place to raise kids.”
The next meeting for the board of education will be at 7:00 p.m. in room A-1 of the Philip High School, Monday, August 20.