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AB&T presents check at school board meeting

Posted: Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012

Shari Pyle and Jill Luque with the American Bank & Trust presented a check for $1,531.48 to Huron School Districtís Beth Foss, elementary principal, as part of the bankís Spirit Card donations. Each time a customer uses their Spirit Card ATM/debit card, the bank makes a contribution to the customerís chosen school district. PHOTO BY LOUISE VAN POLL

HURON ó The Huron Board of Education met Monday with David Wheeler absent. They heard a long list of successes from Superintendent Terry Nebelsick.

The Good News Report was presented by four third- and fourth-grade students from Washington and Jefferson schools. They introduced and outlined a slide show prepared by Beth Foss, principal, which took the audience through the school year thus far, from summer camp and the Stateís Biggest Classroom at the State Fair to homecoming, the school carnival and the election. The students answered questions from the board members.

The superintendentís report included kudos for the recent Veterans Day program and the five vets who received their high school diplomas from Tim Van Berkum, board president, and Nichole Yost, board member. Nebelsick mentioned that a digital tour of the Sanford Laboratory in the old Homestake Mine will be coming to Huron and congratulated Yost on a positive report on KELO-TV about the cityís anti-bullying efforts. He also said he has been scheduling meetings to discuss the facilities study prepared by Koch Hazard Architects.

Shari Pyle and Jill Luque from American Bank & Trust were on hand to present a check to the school district for the purchase of two Red Cat Amplifiers for use by the first-grade teachers. These systems benefit teachers by avoiding additional strain to their voices and helping maintain control over their classrooms by having a clearer and louder audible presence. Student behavior and attention is improved by the system, thus producing better scholastic results.

Foss accepted the check for $1,531.48. The money comes from the use of Spirit Cards by bank customers. Account holders may request a Spirit ATM/debit card with a local school districtís name, colors and mascot. Each time it is used, the bank makes a donation to that school district. This is the second six-month disbursement Huron has received.

An open enrollment request was received from a parent wishing to have their child transfer into the district to take advantage of better music and other fine arts opportunities. Because this request was received outside of the prescribed time period the Legislature has set as the open enrollment period, the board voted to table the request for two weeks until the superintendent can discuss the matter with the other school district. The motion carried three to one, with John Halbkat casting the lone nay vote. He said open enrollment requests may be granted outside of the beginning of the term periods due to special circumstances and he felt the desire for a strong music program constituted special circumstances.

Van Berkum was elected as the districtís Legislative Action Network representative. He has held this position for the past three years. In other business, the board approved new hires and accepted three resignations.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.

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