School Board sets contracts and a wrestling cooperative

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 19, 2008.

The board approved the certified contract for the 2008-09 school year for Eileen Pipal as the Special Education (SPED) instructor. Classified contracts were approved for LaRae Carley, Lana Elshere, Karen Nelson, Mary Nelson and Edith Slovek to be next year's SPED aides. Other classified contracts include Johanna Baye and Casey Seager as custodians, Rose Bennett as head cook, Kathy Peterson as secondary secretary, Lisa Schofield as administrative secretary, Pat Westerberg as elementary secretary and SPED clerk, and Linette Donnelly as alternate education aide/detention. DeLayne Williams will be the maintenance director and head custodian.

The board approved a consultant contract for Kelly Baxter to work with speech therapy services.

Third grade instructor, Karen Rembold, resigned in order to retire after 39 years of teaching, 35 of those in Philip. The board accepted her resignation with regret.

The board reviewed the five-year capital outlay plan. Further review will continue over the next few board meetings. Likewise, the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009 will be solidified over the next few board meetings.

A special education comprehensive plan put together by Black Hills Special Services was approved. A consolidated application for next year concerning the Title program was also approved.

A Philip area wrestling cooperative was approved by the board of education. "There will be no cost to us," said President Matt Reedy. The Wall board has already agreed to supply an assistant coach who will drive the athletes to practices in Philip. Philip has difficulty hosting the wrestling regional tournament because of lack of motel rooms in town, though Wall might be able to host that tournament. The Kadoka board will soon meet on the issue.

The Haakon board discussed in detail amendments suggested by the South Dakota High School Athletic Association. The SDHSAA is concerned about clarifying stipulations for extra-curricular eligibility of students. Legal questions have come up mostly in the closer-proximity schools in eastern South Dakota. Students can transfer to a different school because their legal guardian moves into that school district. Voluntary open enrollment on the other hand, would cause the student to not be eligible for extra-curricular activities for one full year. The SDHSAA will vote on these issues later.

The board entered into executive session to discuss administrative contracts and issues. No action was later taken.

Jeff Rieckman's high school principal's report and Keven Morehart's superintendent's report summarized the many classroom activities and field trips being conducted before the end of school. Eighth grade promotion, Junior High National Honor Society induction, kindergarten graduation, the fifth and sixth grade vocal and band concert, the state golf meet and other activities will have been completed before school's end. The state track meet will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and 24th, in Sioux Falls.

The next scheduled meeting for the board of education of the Haakon School District 27-1 will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2008, in room A-1 of the Philip High School.