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School board election filing deadline

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday, February 14.

Nominating petitions for four board of education seats must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 25. So far, one petition has been filed, by Doug Thorson.

The board consists of seven members. Bill Slovek and Vonda Hamill are both finishing up one-year appointments. Two years will remain on what normally would have been three-year seats. Anita Peterson and Scott Brech will both be finishing up their three-year terms.

The board approved two more school-to-work sites, starting the second semester. The two high school students will be teacher's aides within the Philip school system.

Scott Kennedy has been officially approved as the junior high boys' basketball coach.

A request by John Knutson has been made to have the use and responsibility of the waterline at the Alfalfa Valley School put in his name. He is already a customer with West River/Lyman-Jones Water Systems. The school also has a fairly good well on that property. Discussion led to possibly including a clause that the school retains ownership, and can reclaim use and responsibility of the waterline if required for the school building in the future. Tentative paperwork will be drawn up and acted upon during the next board meeting.

An executive session was called for student/personnel reasons. Afterward, no action was required.

Jeff Rieckman's principal's report included that the recent high school and junior high school parent-teacher conferences were good, though typical in that the spring conferences show a smaller turn-out of parents than the fall conferences do.

The school's online student registration is complete and "now we can start to build the class schedule for next year," said Rieckman.

Winter sports are wrapping up. Ten area wrestlers will be competing at regions this coming weekend. The girls' district basketball tournament will be February 21, 22 and 24. The boys' districts will be February 28 and March 3 and 4. Prom will be March 26.

The annual Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Safety Day will be in Philip this year and will be April 13. Though it is meant for the freshman classes of Philip, Kadoka and Wall, parents of any students are encouraged to also attend.

Keven Morehart's superintendent's report included that the recent elementary parent-teacher conferences were good, with practically 100 percent attendance. Adele Harty, Extension Service, has been doing activities in the classrooms for the students. Four instructors will be attending an upcoming Technology and Innovation in Education conferences in Rapid City. The science fair will be March 24.

School board members have been invited to attend the Philip City Council during the council's meeting March 21. It will be sitting as a board of equalization, where citizens who have filed concerns about property evaluation can be heard. School Board President Bill Slovek thought it would be an education for them, and said, "It would be good to have someone there, especially since school districts have one of the largest parts of the taxes that come from property evaluations."

The district's payment to substitutes for the month of January came to $1,585 for an equivalent of 23 days of substitution. The hourly wages for the month of January came to $25,347.678 for a total of 2,323.08 hours worked. Also, a student was hired to chip away the ice and shovel the snow drifts off of the sidewalk steps that go from the elementary playground to West Elm Street.

The winter month meetings are now over, so the starting time for the board meetings will revert from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The next scheduled meeting for the Haakon School District Board of Education will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, in room A-1 of the Philip High School.