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School Board swears in new members

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 10th, 2013

HURON — The Huron School Board held its annual meeting Monday and officially reorganized as the state statute mandates.

Business Manager Kelly Christopherson opened the meeting as new board members Garret Bischong and Sherman Gose were sworn in.

Bischong and Gose replace former board members Michele Bennett and Nicole Yost.

Christopherson then took to the task of electing the board’s president and vice president.

Tim Van Berkum was nominated as president and unanimously approved, while David Wheeler was nominated and unanimously approved for the vice president position.

Van Berkum will be serving his second term as president while Wheeler will take over the vice president duties from former board president and vice president John Halbkat.

Also announced at the meeting were the additions of this year’s student board members. They are Arthur Hines (the junior-senior representative), Alison Fenske (the freshman-sophomore representative) and Tristan Moeding (at-large representative.)

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Van Berkum then read a lengthy consent agenda dotted with items that are approved once a year.

They include:

• Designating Christopherson as the business manager for the district giving him authorization to handle all financial transactions.

• Determine the meeting time, date and place with no changes. The board plans to meet the second and fourth Monday of each month with the exceptions of December and July where meeting will be only held in the second week. It also stipulates that when an observed holiday falls on a meeting date the meeting will be moved to the following Tuesday of the month. The place where meetings will also be held remained the same as Monday Night — in the Instructional Planning Center located on the second floor on the east side of the Huron Arena.

• Set salaries for the board. The president and vice president will receive $75 for each meeting while the remainder of the board will receive $70. By law the board may be paid up to $75 a meeting.

• Designated the Huron Plainsman as the district’s official paper of record.

• Designated American Bank and Trust as the district’s official depository for the 2013-14 school year, the Huron Area Education Federal Credit Union for the scholarship fund and the Bank of the West for the district’s bond money. It also designated Christopherson as custodian of funds of the Huron School Activity Accounts (along with Brenda Snyder) and Health Insurance Account (along with Diana Nebelsick).

• It also designated Superintendent Terry Nebelsick or his designee the authority to close school.

• Designated Nathan Benjamin from the Huron Police Department (the district’s new School Resource Officer) and Sheriff Doug Solem as truant officers.

• Designated Gay Pickner, Kari Hinker, Peggy Heintz and Christopherson as employees that can sign for and accept government funds.

• Designated Kathy DeBoer, high school guidance counselor, as Title IX coordinator.

• Designated Rodney Freeman as the district’s legal counsel for the term of 2013-14 for the amount of $1,000 per month.

• Authorized the publication of school polices in accordance with state law.

• Adopted a rate schedule for travel expenses. For in-state travel allowance will be: breakfast $5, lunch $9 and dinner $12. For out-of-state travel the allowance will be: breakfast $8, lunch $11 and dinner $17.

• The board also approved the use of seniorpasses for Huron residents who are 62 years of age or older. The passes can be obtained at the superintendent’s office and the Huron Area Senior Center.

• Designated the firm of Harrington and Associates, LLC to conduct the 2012-13 district audit.

• Announced early release days for the upcoming school year. They are Aug. 29, Sept. 6,Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9 and May 20.

• Approved the board’s policy about the cost of instrument rentals and textbook fines. It has not changed since last year.

• Approved the publication of the salaries of Huron Public Schools.

• Approved lifetime passes to staff members who have reached retirement age while still being employed by the district and school board members that serve the district.

Then, as part of usual consent agenda, business approved two new classified employee hires.

Joanne Hamilton will work in food services at Washington School while Rhonda Kludt has been hired as the interim project coordinator for the 21st Century Grant the district has received.

The use of this grant can get very technical and it is the district’s plan that Kludt help hire the permanent director and train that person to take over.

• Accepted the resignation of Fred Harris as a custodian of five years.

• Approved extra duty contracts for Julie King (assistant cross country coach), Michael Schmitz (assistant middle school wrestling coach) and Amy Velthoff (assistant track coach.)

• Approved changes to the 2013-14 school calendar. The 6th grade open house is now Aug 14. New teacher orientation is now Aug. 6-8 and Aug 12-13. The new teacher luncheon is now scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in the middle school. The all staff luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the high school.

The board also approved for items of old business.

The first was to approve the district’s goal statements for 2013-14.

That was followed by the removal of Policy IGD-3, which in the next move by the board, was to insert language that concerned IGD-3 which centered on suspension of activities for a student that has been convicted of a drug offense.

The language is now identical in both the Activities handbook, the High School Handbook and the Middle School Handbook.

As their final piece of old business, they also approved a slightly altered Transportation Department wage scale that was originally presented. As approved by the board Monday night, the only difference between regular and substitute bus driver pay will be an experience bonus and the right to accept activity trips.

Finally, the board approved to amend their Capital Outlay Resolution for the Madison addition as it has been purchased by a private entity.

In new business, the board approved the surplus for a July 18 auction of items, then agreed to an agreement with Wolsey and Iroquois school districts concerning pickup points for out-of-district students.

School lunch prices were the next item tackled, and the board decided to approve a 10 cent increase on all meals to keep with growing costs.

The board also approved the use of a Huron school bus for city-wide transportation during the South Dakota State Fair. It will run every day of the fair with a pre-determined route and schedule.

A final matter concerning a personnel matter was tabled until the next meeting which is scheduled for Aug. 12.

For the complete article see the 07-09-2013 issue.

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