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School Board covers ground

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education meeting held on Monday, April 18, covered much ground and addressed many issues in-depth.

The board approved the personnel for next school year. There will be only two notable changes from this year. Jerry Rhodes will be the assistant football coach, rather than the head coach. And, kindergarten teacher Jayne Gottsleben will move from a six-tenths of a position to a three-quarter position because of the longer school days planned for next year. Actual contracts have not yet been completed.

No action concerning a possible industrial arts position will be taken until further investigation is done.

After much discussion, the board decided against giving financially support for the Associated School Board’s study on whether South Dakota education is adequately funded.

The board approved a health contract with the South Dakota Department of Health concerning programs and assistance offered by the department throughout the school year.

The field north of the high school will be improved for multi-use – such as football practice. It will require seeding, piping for watering, and other work. Some labor will be volunteer, while multiple bids will be investigated concerning the required piping materials.

Other business to come before the board included:

•Grants have been obtained for security lighting (mostly around the outside entrances) and security cameras (mostly at interior hallway intersections) to be installed in the future.

•The company that was going to do the school district’s yearly audit has declined. The fiscal year ends on June 30th. Another firm which is familiar with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) format will be contacted.

•Authorization has been given to advertise for bids for the barium chloride needed in the water system for next school year.

•Future school years are still open for various possible cuts and opt-outs. For this next year, though, there will be no major cuts and no opt-out.

The next Haakon School District 27-1 meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, in room A-1 at the Philip High School.