School construction underway
“We have had a lot of stress with the moving in and out of rooms (for construction purposes),” said Superintendent Dan Deitte. In order to get a quick start on the elementary school remodeling project, some classrooms have been moved and teachers have been making changes in their teaching areas.
“They (construction personnel) are doing a lot of things at night that are noisy,” said Deitte. “We’ve had to expand a little with the asbestos removal, so that’s been added on,” said the superintendent.
Lights are also being installed outside to improve the visibility in the area of the school. Construction will continue through the summer and phase two, the locker room areas will be done next summer. It’s all part of a $5.25 million project.
“I’ve seen a big uplift in parents in the school, mostly due to field trips and events held in the elementary school,” said Elementary Principal Jennifer Mahan-Deitte. She showed the board a survey taken with parents of school district children and most of the questions got over-whelming positive input for the parents.
They were asked about the facilities, teachers, relationships in the school and how students are responding to the school. There were also questions asking parents for input.
“The input was extremely positive overall,” she said. The survey was sent to pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade parents.
IN OTHER action the board:
•Officially hired Jason Myhre as Activities Director/Grounds Management Director. He was hired at a salary of $51,000 for the first year and $53,500 the second year. He replaces Matt Myrvik, who resigned recently.
•Was told by Activities Director Matt Myrvik that Brooklynn Downing and Carolyn Hoffmann were named to the all-conference girls team. Minneota’s Nolan Boerboom was the only boy golfer to make the all-conference team.
He also said there is one coaching position available and that’s for Junior High Volleyball. There are 61 girls signed up for volleyball camp.
Girls and boys basketball camp registrations are still coming in.
•Approved several personnel changes including:
—Samantha Pies request for maternity leave beginning September 24, 2018 through November 26, 2018.
—Andrea Knutson and Emily Citterman for Tenure.
—Approval of the resolution placing Stephanie Guza on unrequested leave of absence (36 percent).
—Approval of Sue Bagley as a summer custodian for up to 200 hours during the summer of 2018 at $13.50/hour.
—Approval of Keven Larson as a summer custodian for up to 400 hours during the summer of 2018 at $11.12/hour.
—Approval of Molly Hennen’s resignation as the seventh grade volleyball coach for the 2018-19 school year.
—Approved Jessica Rosa’s resignation as co-advisor of the student council.
—Approved Matt Buysse and Garrett Moorse as co-FFA advisors for the coming year. •Noted Minneota will add a college credit math class. That will be new to the school district. Al Panka will teach the class.