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Reunion, calendar and mock accidents for school board

The regular meeting for the Haakon School District 27-1 Board on Monday, February 19, began with an informative All-School Reunion overview by Mike and Marcia West.

The Wests, coordinators for the upcoming All-school Reunion to take place during the Philip Centennial Celebration, related to the board that the reunion will draw a large number of alumni. Plans are still growing, as is the number of attendee confirmations. The Wests thanked the board for allowing the reunion the use of school rooms during that time.

So far, only three petitions have been taken out for the three open school board positions currently held by Craig Hanrahan, Vonda Hamill and Bill Slovek. All petitions must be filled out and returned to the school business office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23.

The calendar for the 2007-08 school year has been approved by the school board. It is similiar to this school year's calendar. Like this current year, the only Friday planned for school students is during Homecoming Week.

For the remainder of this school year, two more extracurricular contracts have been approved. Thomas Parquet will be an assistant high school track coach and Rachel Kjerstad will be the junior high track coach.

Discussion is continuing concerning the future benefits that may be derived from the Cottonwood Roping Arena. The property has been gifted to the school district as a source of use and of future scholarships for Philip, Wall and Kadoka students.

An extensive list of obsolete or non-working computers, monitors and printers/scanners has been compiled as surplus. They will be sold or otherwise disposed.

The recent parent/teacher conferences went well. Recorded attendance was down from previous conferences. This could be the result of the cold weather, other community activities, and of some parents going directly to the teachers' rooms rather than signing in at the high school office first.

Student registration for next school year is complete. The administration will review the numbers for each class and build a schedule for next year.

Nine Philip wrestlers have qualified for the state competition on February 23 and 24 in Aberdeen.

The girls' and boys' basketball seasons will be over by the next board meeting, and track and golf will have begun.

In cooperation with neighboring schools, law enforcement and safety departments, the Philip school system will be participating in a safety day in Wall on May 2. Juniors and seniors, and maybe others, will be attending the full day of activities which will include speakers and a mock accident.

"In the past, the mock accident has been pretty powerful," reported Secondary Principal Jeff Rieckman. "Last year the LifeFlight flew off "seriously injured" students and the Rush Funeral Homes even took away bagged "corpses" of other students."

Parents are not only invited to attend the safety day, but are highly encouraged.

The regular school board meetings will revert to the 7:00 p.m starting time, beginning with the next meeting on Monday, March 19, in Room A-1.