Money/personnel main decisions for School Board

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education meeting on July 19th got right to business.

Previous minutes, the financial reports, purchases, and the final reading of the new wellness policy were quickly approved.

The contract for therapy services with Children’s Care Hospital was approved. Evaluation of students in, or possibly going into, the special education programs must be conducted by qualified and licensed specialists. The cost for such an expert is $31 for every 15 minutes, plus travel expenses.

Michael Baer has been hired as the high school science teacher and assistant football coach.

After three years in what her letter proclaimed as “a top-notch school,” Arlene Hicks has resigned as the Title I instructor. With regret, the board accepted the resignation.

A graduate class for credit was held in Philip with eight staff members attending. Professional development money from the Title program will be used to cover the costs.

Payments were approved for membership in the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, and for the ASBSD premium for workers compensation.

General fund transportation claims for the last school year were approved. Rural transportation involved 52 students. Some parents opted to not submit claims. Claimed mileage expenses to the nearest school to be reimbursed to parents in rural areas totalled over $31,500.

The three school buses have passed their annual safety inspection. Annual mandatory training for all school bus drivers will be held in Kadoka during July.

The board reviewed the preliminary 2007 budget and set the next school board meeting as the budget hearing.

The board approved the bidding companies and the cost to have the parking surfaces around the Philip schools sealed during the summer. The living quarters for the instructor at the closed Deep Creek School has been declared as surplus and is for sale.

An average of $330 per year is paid to the Kadoka school for use of their track during the Philip Track and Field Meet.

During the May school board meeting, the members voted to go ahead with efforts to merge the Badlands and Three Rivers Conferences into one athletic conference titled the Western Great Plains Conference. The athletic directors of the conference schools have met and voted unanimously to merge into one. By-laws have already been written. The Board of Education of each school must vote on acceptance of the action.

Benefits of such a merger are:

•Conference dues will now be about $300 instead of $700 from each school.

•Less media and public confusion about which school belongs to which conference.

•In the past, athletes have been voted “all-conference” in one conference and not another, thus belonging to two overlapping conferences was confusing for the athletes and awkward for the voting coaches.

•Will save time and travel expenses for athletic directors and coaches attending conference meetings.

The next scheduled Haakon School Board meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.