School Board votes for Aug. 24 start date


HURON — The Huron School Board met Monday evening and discussed the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
While some students, parents and teachers are in favor of the early start so they can be in school during activities and end school sooner to join the summer job market, other students, parents, and teachers, like the later start, being after Labor Day, due to the warmer weather in August.
The school board voted 3-2, favoring the Aug. 24 start date, with Sept. 3 being a no school day.
“I’m overall neutral as far as the calendar is,” said school board member Shelly Siemonsma. “I appreciate what our teachers go through. I appreciate the input every person has put in. No matter what we do we’re not going to make everyone happy. What matters to me is that our teachers and educators are happy, and our kids are well provided for and we’re doing everything we can do to get them ahead.”
Business Manager, Kelly Christopherson addressed the Huron High School construction, with the demolition phase mostly done, footings and underground rough ins are being worked on. Structural steel should be arriving at the end of February, and then the construction of the building will begin.
Inside the building they are working on ceiling tiles and ceiling tile grid replacement. The health inspector found the kitchen tile doesn’t meet the health inspectors  requirements, so new kitchen tile will be installed.
The Special Education remodel room will have carpet installed that has been left over from other construction projects.
The hallway lights, and ceiling tiles will be brought up to date with new LED fixtures, and the school will use the old fixtures to replace any faulty light fixtures throughout the district. The asbestos tile will be removed in the high school.
The demolition is nearing completion in the middle school office and front entrance and sidewalks. Next they will studying up on the laws and roughing in electrical components.
Tim Van Berkum brought up numerous House and Senate Bills that could impact the school and community. Such as House Bill 1235, banning immunization requirements to attend school, and House Bill 1122 for a more strict truancy, holding the parents more responsible.
The next school board meeting will be held Feb. 24 in the Instructional Planning Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

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