School board preparing for next school year while finishing present school year

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began its Monday, May 16, meeting with a full presentation of the Family Career Community Leaders of America state champion chapter showcase.

Tate DeJong, Kelsie Kroetch and Sayde Slovek showed the school board their competition presentation that they will perform at the National FCCLA Leadership meeting July 10-14 in Anaheim, Calif. Their title "FCCLA is hoppin" is done to a frog theme. In the state competition, LaRae Van Tassel earned a top superior gold in career investigation and is a peer education candidate. She will also be going to the national competition. Also at state, Gavin Brucklacher earned a top superior gold in illustrated talk, and he will round out the five member team going to Anaheim.

Continuing on to the board's agenda, it approved certified and classified contracts for the 2011-2012 school year. The only contract not returned was by Larry Aaker, who plans to continue his teacher career in a different district. DeLayne Williams has retired as the full-time head of maintenance. So far, only one application for that position has been received by the school district. The board approved that Williams be hired on a part-time basis. His anticipated four hours per day, four days per week schedule will be very flexible according to what projects need to be done and when.

The final reading was held on the proposal to amend the district's policy on student transportation. Carpooling will save costs to parents as well as the district.

The board also held the final reading to a policy that follows state law. Compulsory attendance age for all students is now until age 18, unless the student graduates.

The district approved its consolidated application for Title funding for next school year. Superintendent Keven Morehart said, "Everything federal is a very rough estimate." He anticipates up to a seven percent cut for the Title program. Business Manager Britni Ross said, "We're good, not by a lot."

The board approved that Morehart be a candidate for the South Dakota High School Activities Association Division III representative. This would entail him attending state events and three to four meetings per year. He said that they are the ones who make recommendations for realignments of schools and districts. There are eight seated members.

The preliminary capital outlay budget for next year was discussed, though it will be a work in progress for several more months. Right now, the tentative projections are for an expected revenue of $1,924,500 and expected expenditures of $2,101,100. That would be a possible deficit spending of $176,000 that would come out of the dwindling reserve.

Laws have changed, and now the district may take a range of items out of capital outlay. Haakon School District is looking into taking from it, rather than from the general fund, its property insurance, mileage to parents and its use of barium chloride. Ross was cautious with adding more items from capital outlay, "There's enough people out there who feel this is not the original intent of capital outlay. They don't want to push what we now use it for." The discussion on the budget will continue next meeting.

Two students have been approved for open enrollment to the Haakon School District for next school year.

Barb Bowen and MaryLynn Crary will again be the instructors for summer school.

The district paid out $1,840.00 for April for substitutes. That was for an equivalent of 26 days. Hourly wages for April came to a total of $21,786.30 for a total of 1,959.58 hours.

The school board's next scheduled meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 20, in Room A-1 of the Philip High School.