School Board accepts Radke resignation

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HURON — The Huron Board of Education approved several resignations, including for high school principal Mike Radke, effective at the end of this school year. Radke has been in his position for 13 years.

“Mr. Radke’s resignation was approved earlier this evening, and we’ll have time in the future to honor and thank him for his time at the Huron School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Kraig Steinhoff. “For now I want to give you a timeline for filling the high school principal position.”

Steinhoff said the position will be listed by Dakota Education Consulting. It will open on Dec. 18 and close on Feb. 4. Finalists will be chosen for interview on Feb. 9, with interviews scheduled Feb. 12-16. Approval of the recommended hire will be at the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting.

A grant request by school nutrition director Amanda Reilly was approved to provide more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables for students to try. The grant, for between $500,000 and $600,000, would be funded through USDA and CAF to develop a cooperative between Huron School District and local growers to expand Farm to School offerings.

Congratulations were extended to senior Hamtyn Heinz, who was selected to the 2nd Team Class AA volleyball team by the SDHSVCA. Students who received superior rankings at the SDHSAA State Oral Interp Festival were also recognized for their work. They include seniors Antony Sorto, Tessa Gogolin, Cameron Cutshaw and Samantha Swanson, junior Lily Halter, and sophomores Mylie Byrd and Khunnaphat Muapae. The team also earned a Team Excellence Award.

Thank you’s were extended to Modern Woodmen of America for honoring first grade teacher Nicole Horsely as a Hometown Hero. Modern Woodmen donated $100 to Buchanan K-1 Center in her honor; and to Gary Zell for the donation of school supplies and oranges for students at Washington 4-5 Center.

John Halbkat, director of buildings and grounds, presented the Classified Employee of the Month award to Samuel Ramirez, lead grounds technician.

Huron High School senior Chloe Culver gave a report on the Huron Youth Leadership Council, and encouraged people to attend the HYLC Christmas concert planned Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at HHS.

This concert is the group’s main fundraiser, and money raised is used to provide grants to local youth programs.

Orchestra director Ester Meador spoke about the fourth- and fifth-grade orchestra that she directs, and several members of the fifth-grade orchestra performed one selection, “The Holly and The Ivy.”

Meador said there are 176 students in orchestra at Washington 4-5 Center, another 150 in the middle school and 77 at the high school level.

The Board also approved five new hires and six resignations, including Radke’s.

The Board adjourned for Executive session. The next meeting will be Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the IPC room.