Unveiling HHS time capsule

PHOTOS BY ROXY STIENBLOCK/PLAINSMAN Huron School Board members Craig Lee, left, and David Wheeler open the time capsule buried by the HHS Class of 1968. The capsule was discovered during renovations at the high school. Shown in the second photo are some of the items that were enclosed.

HURON — The time capsule from the Huron High School Class of 1968, which was found during renovations on the high school, was opened at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Committee members Craig Lee and David Wheeler opened the time capsule with several members of the class of 1968 in attendance. The time capsule that was discovered while construction was under way on the front entrance of the high school and principal’s office area, tucked behind the cornerstone

Unveiled in the time capsule was the public school district registry, The Daily Plainsman paper from Feb 7, 1965, and Feb 9, 1965, featuring news stories about the school when it was being built, and comic sections of the newspaper. Also included were reports on the 1962 consult committee survey, reports of the 1963 study committee, and election information on bond issues encouraging people to vote yes on the bond issue for a new school on Monday, Feb 8, 1965. Class schedule, copies of the school budget and a school yearbook rounded out the items. Board members believe the 1968 School Board had put together the time capsule items.

The original bond issue for the new high school in 1968 failed a couple of years before it was built, said Superintendent Terry Nebelsick.

“The original plan that failed called for a swimming pool on the north side of the high school,” he said.

The School Board formally adopted its annual budget in new business. The General Fund grew $156,000, while the Capital Outlay fund decreased $4,542,000 for the 2020-2021 year. The General fund went up causing mill levys to decrease across the board.

“The capital outlay budget shows extra money during the years of construction,” Nebelsick said. “Because the capital outlay certificates are issued and the money is put in the capital outlay fund until it’s used for construction.”

Nebelsick explained that as the construction on the high school and middle school finishes up, the budget for capital outlay will be back down next year.

The memorial rock in memory of former teacher Tom Baszler has arrived. Board members are deciding where to place the rock, wanting to follow the pattern of what they have done with other coaches that have been honored. Baszler was known across the state for his long jumpers. They are considering placing the rock near the long jump pits so people can see it and remember him. The family of Baszler and administrators are working on honoring him at an appropriate time.

School board members discussed whether to have parent-teacher conferences, which is another tough challenge at task. The board understands the issues that are faced, such as the limiting how many people are to be in an area and in the school; but at the same time they don’t want to be isolated from the parents because parent relationships have been very important.

“We are looking at possibility of zoom addresses,” said Nebelsick “We are looking at what is practical, is it better to have appointments, and some people will choose to forgo it at this time.

“At this time we have had no spread of the virus within the school,” Nebelsick said. “We actually only had three cases identified that had tested positive — either a staff member or a student — during the time of school and appropriately notified people when it happened and most of those quarantines have passed without incident.”

A request to use the Tiger Stadium for a sixth-grade football game on Tuesday, Oct. 15, was approved by the board. The board also approved the hire of 14 individuals and the resignations of three. They also approved a sign at the Northeast Headstart Preschool at McKinley School.

Superintendent Nebelsick thanked the many businesses and community members who donated bag chairs for the students to be able to continue learning in an outdoor environment.

“We’ve been working and the cabinet has been working with me on forms that will bring a lot more clarity to some things that have happened with distance learning that have caused me great concern,” Nebelsick said. “Concerns about faculty being burned out on trying to do all things to all people as we have had numerous people that are social distancing with nothing to do with COVID. I believe that our entire faculty supports that if someone is out there and not wanting their children interacting yet because of the pandemic, we are here to accommodate them,” he said “What we’ve found is some people are wanting distance learning and then working in an environment that has many other people. Distance learning was not deigned for that. Some people are wanting to take certain classes on campus because they can’t do the certain classes alone. The COVID-19 plan did not call for that, either you are isolated from others because of your own health, or you are comfortable being with others. Some individuals are wanting to be in sports program without learning in school.

“This is something new with no history to look back on as it was put together fairly quick, so you can’t account for problems that may arise,” School Board President Tim Van Berkum said. “You discover them like you obviously have, and you take steps to correct them and try to make them better for the staff, because we certainly don’t want to overwork our staff.”

In dates to remember, this Friday is Homecoming and there will be Early Release with a parade. Members discussed the homecoming tradition of ringing the bell if the football game is won.

“The end result will be to accommodate the parents wishes,” said Nebelsick.