HURON — Huron School Board started off its first order of business by swearing in Kristi Glanzer as the new term board member. Glanzer, who is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and has practiced family medicine since 1997, has been a family medical care provider at the Huron Clinic since 2001.
Director of CTE Jolene Konechne provided the good news report giving an update on students attending CTE (Career and Technical Education), with 62% of freshman, 78% of sophomores, 77% of juniors, and 60% of seniors attending at least one of the CTE classes that is provided.
CTE offers students programs containing both academics and hands-on skills that can prepare students to take on jobs for the 21st century and give them a solid foundation upon which to build.
Building Trades Matt Busch and Director of Buildings and Grounds John Halbkat explained the CTE center addition is being made for the safety for the students and staff from the weather and elements, increasing more time teaching, gaining at least four weeks of instruction time, as many days before were spent scooping snow outside and being inside due to the rain.
It will be an insulated steel building with the plan of in-floor heat, staff bathrooms, including one of the doors being a 12-by- 14-foot door for materials to come in. This addition with larger doors will make it easier for house movers to come in and remove the 2,000-square-foot completed house out of the building with no difficulty. The building is to measure 96 feet from east to west and 115 feet from north to south.
On the water damage update at the Arena, Halbkat stated the arena floor had about 84,000 gallons of un- accounted water. The arena is being used for basketball games and school music programs, with the equipment and bleachers being put up after each use to help the floor with drying.
The damaged pipe has been repaired with a lot of old pipe being removed as well, including taking pressured angles out, putting a strap on the pipe and attaching it to the ceiling so there is no downward pressure, and the pipes being heat taped and insulated.
Superintendent Terry Nebelsick presented his report to the board, working on an ongoing problem with the sixth grade loop and pedestrian walk. The district is considering a possibility of a swing gate or light-weight barrier in order to stop the exit of cars from the high school right into the area where the bus drop off area starts.
Also approved on the agenda:
• Eight new hires and five resignations.
• Setting the 2021 combined city/school election date as April 1.
• The combined election agreement with the City of Huron for 2021.
• Advertising agreement renewal with Precision Auto Body Design, Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Dakota Provisions, Ellwein Brothers Distributing and Carr Chiropractic Clinic at the Huron Arena.
• Advertising agreement renewal with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union and Carr Chiropractic Clinic at the Tiger Stadium.
In dates to remember, this Wednesday is early release, and Monday there will be no school in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
The next school board meeting will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the IPC room located on the second floor of the Huron Arena. Those who wish to attend are asked to wear a face-covering.