New employees and board member decided at school boad meeting

The June 20 Haakon School District 27-1 board meeting followed a farewell open house for business manager Marcia Jackson. It also followed an executive board session that had begun at 4:00 p.m.

As of July 1, Scott Brech will begin his one-year appointment as a member of the school board. Beginning on the same date, the new business manager will be Jackie Longbrake.

The high school English position will be filled by Laura O’Connor, who had been teaching in Hill City. The K-12 computer instructor will be Nancy Reimer. Barb Bowen will head all music: K-12 vocal and instrumental. Melanie Morehart will fill the elementary special education position. A high school science teacher has not yet been hired.

The board approved the 2005-2006 consolidated application. Title 1 will be shifting to benefit students school-wide, thus will be able to be used to benefit other teaching programs such as Reading Counts and 6+1 Writing Traits. Software and calculators will benefit high school math students. The kindergarten orientation and the K-8 summer enrichment programs will continue.

The copier lease agreement was set for two years rather than one because of a slight financial benefit for the school system.

Forty old computers, 39 computer monitors, and a CD/tape player (without speakers) were declared as having no value; thus each can be legally dispensed with or disposed of in the best practical manner. A 1,000 gallon propane tank that is estimated to be 65 percent full will be sold through silent auction.

A committee was formed to look into trading or surplusing the Ford bus (the least mechanically sound) and possibly the GMC bus (the oldest). Along with safety requirements, other specifications concerning a new or newer bus would have to be set – such as diesel vs. gasoline, number of seats, spacing between seats, etc.

The new handbooks for the elementary and secondary students will have some changes. A change in both handbooks will be the prohibiting of cell phone use by students.

The closing superintendent’s report from Dr. Julie Ertz, whose position will be officially filled by Keven Morehart before the next board meeting, was short and to the point. “I wish you well down the road. Thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of this school district,” she stated.

The next Haakon School District 27-1 board meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.