School Board talks about weather

HURON — The weather was a big topic at the Huron School Board meeting Monday.
“We’ve already had seven snow days,” said Superintendent Terry Nebelsick, who added that it’s entirely possible the storm expected this week will add to that number.
“Only once in the last decade have we had 5 snow days, one year we had 4 . . . we are in a signifigant event, even if we have sunshine the rest of the year.
“I have high confidence we will have school Wednesday,” he said. “Right now they’re calling for about 19 inches probable in Huron, with winds of 40-50 mph. I think it is highly probable that we don’t have school Thursday and Friday.”
The final day of school is now June 6, but because of funding, the Tiger After School program will end as scheduled on May 10.
Nebelsick said the music program trip and graduation dates will remain the same. However, the eighth-grade promotion has been rescheduled for June 3.
Nebelsick said he has decided to remove CNN 10 from the current events provided for students.
“It saddens me to interfere with curriculum, but the current political climate with CNN and FOX News — I’m afraid there’s more controversy dealing with label than content,” Nebelsick said. “There seems to be a growing storm that if we allow either of those agencies in we are endorsing their views.
“It saddens me that we are going to lose that as schools get caught in the middle of what is a changing climate,” he said.
“When our generation grew up we went to the news to find out current events,” Nebelsick said, quotting Sen. John Thune. “What has happened across the nation is people tune in to the network that affirms their belief or position. I don’t want school kids caught in the middle of that.”
The Board approved a request by the Chamber & Visitors Bureau to use a Huron Public Schools bus for city-wide transportation during the S.D. State Fair Aug. 29-Sept. 2.
The bus will have a designated route from the fairgrounds to the mall and around town, and would run every day of the fair with pre-determined hours. The Chamber will provide proof of insurance as well as a driver’s fee and fuel.
Voters go to the polls today for the School Board election.
The board approved new hires for the district, including Cheryl Styer as a substitute bus driver, Lindsey Kasperson as substitute teacher and substitute para-educator, and Laura Reinders, volunteer at the Washington 4-5 Center.
Contract negotiations were approved for custodial and maintenance personnel Dean Hirschkorn, food service personnel Vicky Davis and Janet Johnson, full-time personnel Tonya Whitmore and Pam Biel, and for three para-educators.
Congratulations were offered to teams and groups in the high school that qualify to receive the South Dakota High School Activities Association Academic Achievement Award by achieving a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
These groups include one-act play, gymnastics and wrestling teams, Debate I individual events, girls’ and boys’ basketball teams and cheerleaders, and solo ensemble groups for vocal, band and orchestra.
Kobe Busch, 11th grade, was named to the first team All State Boys’ Basketball, and Teegan Evers, 11th grade, was named to the second team.
The Huron High School Student Council was recognized for winning the Outstanding Student Council Award.
Eight Huron Destination Imagination teams made a great showing this year. The “Wings of Fire” engineering team solving the Monster Effects structure challenge took their team to the highest pinnacle in South Dakota, winning first place at the State DI Tournament in Pierre on March 30.
This qualifies the team to compete at Global competition in Kansas City from May 22-25. They will be meeting and competing with students from 38 different countries and 48 states.
Team members are Tyler Cronin, TJ Lien, Nick Florey, Hannah Schoenfelder, Aurora Dreyer and Josie Ptak. Team manager is Captain Josh Lien, and the district DI director is Colleen Jensen.
Terry Rotert, Director of Activities, was awarded the “State Award of Merit” by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. This award is in recognition of outstanding leadership and achievement.
The School Board expressed appreciation to Dakota Energy for its presentation to the Madison third-grade students, the S.D. Symphony for coming to perform for the second- and third-grade students, and to Riverview United Methodist Church Missions and the Presbyterian Retired Teachers for the supplies they donated to the Madison 2-3 Center.
A thank you was expressed to teachers and staff at the Washington 4-5 Center for the successful parent-teacher conferences held April 1 and 2, and to Dianne Tapken for arranging all the interpreters to be at these conferences.
Second- and third-grade conferences conclude today.
Buchanan School expressed thanks to the Riverview United Methodist Church for their donation of various school supplies and clothing.
Good News reports heard by the board included the Mentor Program at the Madison 2-3 Center, given by Shelly Fuller and Heather Sieh. The Mentor Program links younger students with students from Huron Middle School.
Jolene Konechne and Linda Pietz gave a report on project “Lead the Way.”
The School Board considered health insurance renewal for 2019-2020, and the worker’s compensation agreement, which will include coverage for volunteers and School Board members.
The Board accepted two resignations from Judy Schorzmann, lunch server, and Marcia Ready, assistant gymnastics coach.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 23.


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