Enderlin Area School Board.....
Board preps for negotiations; approves summer activities
With only three board members present at the Monday evening, May 13th, meeting, Superintendent Tom Rettig walked Roland Schroeder, Rick Gillund and Sandy Barthlomay through summer programs, both academic and infrastructure, and also recommended that following the regular board meeting, they go into executive session to discuss ancillary work agreements and negotiations.
First up on the new business section of the meeting was the hiring of a new english teacher. Rettig told the board that Brooke Jordsaas had agreed to accept the english teacher position. He asked the board to approve the hire, which they did.
Other recommended employee changes included increasing the hours of elementary music teacher Stephanie Hoy and an increase of her duties, and the hours of Neva Hamre, the school’s technology coordinator.
Hoy currently is working .6 of the school day. Rettig told the board that with the splitting of the third grade class, Hoy was asked to take the Performance Strategist position along with an increase of music instruction. Hamre’s hours were increased an hour a day.
The board approved these assignment changes.
Every three years the board approves the school’s technology plan. They reviewed the plan and the recommended additions to the school’s technology. Rettig said that the plan includes the addition of more I-Pads, software, printers, computers. All of these improvements would be within the proposed technology budget of $37,100.
The board approved the following summer school classes:
• Drivers’ Education with Brian Midthun and Tim Michaelson as teachers. This program would start May 24th and finish by early July.
• Remedial Math and Reading with Tina King and Faith Friederichs as instructors. These classes begin July 22nd through August 9th. The classes include 30 hours in both math and reading.
• A new program this summer will be summer high school physical education. By taking PE during the summer it would allow flexibility in a student’s fall schedule. It would also benefit the school’s sports programs as student would become more physically fit over the summer rather than regress. Another advantage of summer PE would allow students the opportunity to pick up an additional 1/2 credit to assist in graduation if needed.
Rettig also discussed possibly purchasing a suburban or vehicle of similar size. He said that the school’s van has over 215,000 miles on it and the car has over 172,000. He suggested that a nice unit probably could be found over the summer.
Rettig also said that the music department needs another piano, and timpani. He said he would look for used items over the summer.
Business manager Tammy Boeder informed the board that First State Bank of North Dakota, the school’s depository, requires two signatures for checks, but many of the school’s expenditures are made electronically. The bank suggested that Boeder be named as the sole signature for this type of expenditures. The board approved Boeder’s request.
Rettig informed the board that the City of Enderlin requested that the school weigh in on the request for property tax exemption and payment in lieu of taxes by Plains Grain & Agronomy LLC. The school and Liberty Township were notified of the May 20th meeting concerning this request from PGA. The school has approved similar requests in the past.
Both principals, Midthun and Michaelson, submitted their report in written form.
Michaelson’s report included the results of the Enderlin students at the Southeast Academic Competition. Enderlin advanced to the lightning round and placed third in the large group division. Michaelson reported that the scholarship committee would be meeting soon. These selections would be announced at graduation exercises. The high school awards program is Friday May 17th at 10am. The award ceremony was scheduled in the morning due to an another afternoon school activity. Graduation is May 19th at 2:30pm.
Midthun’s report included informing the board that the NWEA MAP spring testing was completed; the Missoula Children’s Theater worked with 64 students and presented “The Tortoise vs. the Hare on Friday, May 10th; the Fifth and Sixth grades would be attending the Farm Safety Day in Lisbon on May 16th, and Elementary Play Day would be on Tuesday, May 13th at 1pm at Gillund Field.
Midthun also provided his athletic director report.
• Enderlin-Maple Valley Fastpitch regional tournament will be played in Casselton beginning May 20th.
•Maple Valley-Enderlin Track team has students going to state.They are Kelsey Laufenberg, shot put, Megan Johnson in three events, and Thomas Lindgren, triple jump.
•Enderlin-Maple Valley Baseball will participate in the Regional tournament beginning on Friday, May 17th at the number one seed location and the final three days in Enderlin.
Midthun announced that the 2013-14 sports scheduling has been completed, and new uniforms are scheduled for next year.
The board were informed of the pre-construction meeting for the window project that will be May 20th, and the network rewiring will start on May 28th.
Rettig recommended that the board approve hiring of Scholastic Equipment Co. to do the ceramic tile in the shower rooms for $4,193.70 and the tiling in the FACS room for a bid of $5,606.80, which they did.
Other summer projects will include the purchase of desks and chairs, the refinishing of elementary floors, refinishing of the wooden floors in the gymnasiums, and other odds and ends of upkeep of the building.
Schwandt-Goodman Auxiliary celebrates 60 years!
On May 15, 2013, the Schwandt-Goodman Auxiliary will be celebrating 60 years.
The following letter and certificate was sent to the Ladies Auxiliary in honor of their 60th Anniversary....
This year's theme epitomizes your Auxiliary's dedication during your 60 years of outstanding service to veterans, their families, and your community: "Serving from the Heart for Our Veterans." What a stellar achievement!
On behalf of all your Sisters in the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, I commend those of you who are serving your Auxiliary today as well as those who have served before you.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States nationwide is in our 99th year, which means your Auxiliary is an essential part of our foundation, playing a vital role in helping us build our great organization. Without your Auxiliary's support, we could not provide hundreds of services, such as providing long-distance calling opportunities for overseas soldiers, supporting VFW National Military Services and raising millions of dollars each year for Cancer Aid & Research.
Your Auxiliary has demonstrated compassion for others, volunteered many years of service to your community, and set a shining example to future generations to follow in your footsteps.
I personally want to thank you for taking an active role in making the 2012-2013 year a success! May your Auxiliary continue to prosper, fulfilling our pledge to America's veterans that we will not forget their sacrifices, for we are "Serving from the Heart for Our Veterans."
When the VFW Auxiliary started in 1953, the officers then were: president, Mrs. Keith T. Myers; senior vice president, Mrs. John Clapp; junior vice president, Mrs. Alvin Peterson; treasurer, Mrs. Allen Janz; chaplain, Mrs. Wallace Titus; conductress, Mrs. Ralph Oehlke; guard, Mrs. Henry Anderson.
Trustees were Mrs. Merlin Skramstad and Mrs. Ralph Myhre; patriotic instructor, Mrs. Jerome Denne; color bearers, Mrs. Alvin Werts, Mrs. Robert Gillund, Mrs. Jerome Schons and Mrs. C. O. Sveum; banner bearer, Mrs. Kenneth Wallner, and flag bearer, Mrs. Robert Henderson.