New school board begins new year

Oath of office ... From left: Scott Brech, Doug Thorson, Vonda Hamill and Anita Peterson are starting new terms on the board of education. Brech was voted in as the new board president.

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education meeting Monday, July 18, began with the swearing in of members beginning new terms.

Returning board members Scott Brech, Vonda Hamill and Anita Peterson were joined by new member Doug Thorson in giving their oaths of office. The new board president is Brech.

The proposed budget for the 2011-2012 school year has an anticipated total revenue of $1,936,736. This is $52,668 less than last year. The anticipated general fund is anticipated to be $2,103,649. This is $141,121 less than last year. The difference will have to come out of other funds and out of the dwindling reserves.

The board approved the annual designation of the First National Bank in Philip as the district's official depository. The Pioneer Review newspaper was named as the official newspaper for publications of official school board meetings, advertisements, etc. The school district's attorney is Rodney Freeman, Pierre.

The prices for meals for the upcoming school year have risen 10 cents. For students in kindergarten through sixth grade, the price will be $1.75. For students in seventh grade through 12th grade, the price will be $2.00. For adults, the price will be $2.75. Student reduced prices will remain at 40 cents.

Superintendent Keven Morehart said, "We're not hurting in the lunch room. The high school has a full salad bar." He said that the lunch price increase were because of federal regulations under Section 205: Equity in School Lunch Pricing, dictated by the School Food Authority.

Extra milk will remain at 25 cents, even though the bid from Land O'Lakes rose from 21.6 cents to 24.4 cents per half pint for white milk and from 24.4 cents to 24.8 cents per half pint for chocolate milk.

Admission prices to school activities for the upcoming school year will remain the same. Students and senior citizens will pay two dollars, and their season passes will be $20. Adults other than senior citizens will pay three dollars, and their season passes will be $35. Morehart said, "I don't think we've adjusted these since I've been here." He has been with the district for six years.

The board will continue to meet at 7:00 p.m. in room A-1 of the high school every first Monday after the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings in the winter months of November through March will begin at 6:00 p.m. Board member pay will remain at $50.00 per meeting plus mileage.

There has been one request for home schooling at the eighth grade level.

The board again approved a contract for speech services with Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative.

An executive session for personnel reasons resulted in no action taken.

Hourly wages during the month of June totaled $10,331.39 for an equivalent of 887.42 hours of work. Wages for the two summer school instructors, which is going on right now, will be a total of $3,500. Three months worth of wages for the board of education members came to a total of $1,000.

The next scheduled meeting for the board of education will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 15, in room A-1 of the Philip High School.