School Board hears report on girls' fast-pitch softball


HURON — The Huron School Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday evening in the Huron High School auditorium. The board approved the hire of eight new staff.

Peggy Heinz presented the Classified Employee of the Month award for November to Para-Educator at Buchanan K-1 Center, Jevon Larson.

The Good News Report was presented by Buchanan K-1 Center staff Laci Guy, Lacey Fryberger, Krissa Korkow, and Lisa McCarty. They showcased their video “Buchanan Bee’s Rules” with The 4 B’s: “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible and Be Ready to learn.”

In the video the staff showed the children the appropriate bathroom rules and what is inappropriate.

When students are caught being special in those four areas, the staff give out Golden B’s cards, and the child takes the card to the office to be part of the Principal’s 200 club. They receive a treat, get to sign the celebrity notebook. They draw a number and that is where their number is placed on the 200 board which is in the lunchroom.

When there are 10 B’s in a row, those students get to participate in the mystery motivator activity with Principal Peggy Heinz. The activity can range from kickball, blowing bubbles, extra recess, etc. The children also get a certificate sent home with them.  

Each classroom has a “safe place” in their room,  or a “calm down corner,” teaching the kids that if they didn’t like the way the kickball game at recess ended and they are upset they can take a little three minute break before returning to the classroom. They can use the many items they have such as coloring, a pop it, and other items tucked in the corner.

Terry Rotert presented his report on the sanctioning of girls fast-pitch softball to the district for the 2022-2023 school year. As of now, the SDHSAA is gathering information on which schools would be willing to participate in fast-pitch softball, and whether it should be in the spring or the fall.

A survey was taken of girls from grades nine to 11, with 40 surveys returned. Fifteen students indicated they wanted to play in the fall, 14 were maybe and 11 responded no. Twenty-seven said they would play in the spring, six said maybe, and responded no. Rotert noted that this would be another sport that girls can participate in.

Superintendent Dr. Kraig Steinhoff added that the continuation would be discussed at the Dec. 14 School Board meeting.

Steinhoff presented his report to the board, with the tech ed tours planned next Tuesday and Wednesday, where they will travel to Yankton and Sioux Falls CTE centers. Steinhoff also added that the “Portrait of a Senior” will be ready to be shown to the board at the December meetings.

The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Huron High School Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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