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School Board celebrates successes

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28th, 2013

HURON — The Huron School Board met Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Instructional Planning Center in the Huron Arena.

Successes that were celebrated in the district included Huron’s Karen Memorial Day and the selection of Lindsey Brewer as the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching State Finalist.

Carol Tompkins gave a Good News report on school nutrition concerning the health changes in school meals. This year a second entree choice will be available at the high school for breakfast and lunch each day. Lunch will daily include a pizza entree. Replacing the chef salad, brats and turkey wraps of last year will be chicken nuggets, cheesy breadsticks with pizza sauce, cheese pizza and fish sandwiches.

Karla Sawvell gave a summer nutrition report. From May 28 to July 26 the Huron Public Schools hosted a Summer Food Service Program at the middle school. Breakfast and lunch were included in the program during May and June, and lunch in July. Total meals served during the program were 12,347, a 19 percent increase over last summer.

Kari Hinker gave a report on Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. According to Hinker, based on assessment results of 2013, the Huron School district did not meet the AMAOs (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives) 1, 2 and 3 for the 2012-2013 school year of the Title III No Child Left Behind Act.

• AMAO 1: Making progress in English proficiency. The target is 58 percent. The students’ test scores in this area were at 56.07 percent.

• AMAO 2: Attaining English proficiency. The target is 9 percent. The students’ test scores in this area were at 8.42 percent.

• AMAO 3: Meeting the school level AMAO based on the goal of reducing by half the percentage of students in LEP group on the Dakota Step in reading and math.

Old business covered included the approval by the board of the ESL handbook and the Tiger After-School Program handbook.

New business covered included a Pets in the Classroom Grant brought to the board by Amy Schoenfelder in order to allow hermit crabs as pets in the kindergarten classrooms. The goal of the petition is to teach children about pet care and the responsibilities of owning pets. The motion was carried.

Another new “approval of intent to apply” grant brought to the board was the Computer-Based Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the South Dakota Community Foundation Unrestricted Grant Program to bring technology to the ESL classroom center at the Huron Middle School.

Finally, approval was sought for an advertising agreement between Daktronics, Coca Cola and the Huron School District for Tiger Stadium in order to help pay for the scoreboard. The motion was carried.

Dates to remember for this school year include the following:

• Aug. 29: Early release/staff development

• Aug. 30: State Fair/ No school

• Sept. 2: Labor Day/ No school

• Sept. 3: School resumes

• Sept. 6: Early release, homecoming parade

• Sept. 16: High School parent-teacher conferences, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

• Sept. 23: Middle School parent-teacher conferences; grades 6, 7 and 8/ 4-7:15 p.m.

• Sept. 25: Early release/staff development

For the complete article see the 08-27-2013 issue.

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