School board sets 2010-2011 calendar

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education has approved the calendar for next school year.

According to Superintendent Keven Morehart, the teaching staff gave input on three possible calendars. The majority of the staff preferred one, and the board agreed. "Basically, it is the same type of calendar that we have now," said Morehart. The first day of classes would be Wednesday, August 18, and the last day of classes would be Tuesday, May 17. Christmas break would be from December 23 through January 2. The only scheduled Friday school day would be September 24, during Homecoming Week.

The board will be advertising for bids for boilers for the Philip school buildings. Of the current eight cast iron, fuel oil boilers, only two are being used for the showers and as back-up heat if the geo-thermal well should not be usable. If possible, four wrapped steel boilers would replace the eight.

Morehart reported that the school's geo-thermal system is now on record with the One Call excavation service. The board will take a physical overview of the geo-thermal ponds immediately before its next board meeting.

Public Internet access to the district and school assessment and accountability reports can be done on the district's website of www.philip .k12.sd.us. For accountability, click on the link labeled 2009 School Report Card. For assessment, click on the link 2009 State Assessment Report. Morehart said that the information is also on the state education website.

The board authorized business manager Britni Ross to register the district for online banking. "Everything comes in electronically," said Ross. "I can't do anything until I see the bank statements. I don't want to do anything (by Internet), because I still want a paper trail, but I want to watch it (the accounts)."

Scott Kennedy has been approved as this school year's junior high boys' basketball coach.

In his principal's report, Jeff Rieckman said that the parent/teacher conferences went well. Despite the winter weather, "There was a pretty descent turn out," said Rieckman. The high school seniors will be attending a Legislative Day in Pierre on February 24. Also on the 24th, the Northern State University symphonic band and jazz band will perform from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium for the school body as well as for the public.

Wrestling, girls' basketball and boys' basketball districts and regionals are coming up. The high school prom will be on March 27. April 21 has been set for the annual Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Awareness event.

In the superintendent's report, Morehart said that annual evaluations are almost complete. The AAU wrestling tournament held in Philip on Monday, February 15, "went real well. The parent support was very good again," said Morehart.

The following scheduled board of education meetings will revert back to 7:00 p.m. for the rest of the year. The next meeting will be Monday, March 15, in room A-1 of the Philip High School.

Addition: In the February 11 story about Philip High School musicians performing in the music contest in Murdo, a noted volunteer who donated countless hours in helping prepare some of the instumental students for the contest was Kathy Chesney.