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Hancock school board extends a weekend for tile work

The 2013-14 school year is well underway and things are going along smoothly despite the summer construction. There are only a few items remaining to be done, one of these a major project, and the rest simply punch list items. Principal Tim Pahl updated the Hancock School board on the progress at their meeting Monday night. The board members were also asked to adjust the school calendar slightly in order to allow time to finish the one last large project.

Floor tile in the new addition will need to be installed after the concrete there has dried down to an acceptable level. The installers are looking at completing this over Education Minnesota (formerly called MEA) weekend which is Oct. 17 and 18. In order to give the installation crew one additional day, the board members decided to switch a teacher inservice day previously set for Oct. 7 to Monday, Oct. 21. This will allow for a five day stretch for the installation.

The board members also discussed a possible open house at the school for public tours of the work done this summer. A suggestion was made to hold this during parent-teacher conferences which are set for Nov. 11-12. The date was not set as of yet since it is still uncertain if the tile work will be complete by then. More testing of the concrete will be done soon so it will then be known if the tile work can be done in October.

Hancock English teacher Nicole Schmidt was present at the meeting to ask board members about another Washington DC/New York City trip for students. The last trip was in March of 2012 and included sophomores through seniors. She is looking at this trip for the same ages in March of 2015.

Schmidt told the board members that the last trip was very educational and the students were fantastic, representing the school well. She is asking early so that they can begin fundraising for the trip. She added that all the fundraisers the students do were service oriented, they did not sell anything. This in itself was a good experience for the students.

The board members gave approval for her to go ahead with the fundraising efforts for the trip. Schmidt has some preliminary figures for the cost per person which will possibly be $2,200. This will include all flights, hotels, food, admissions and guide service along with a few extra items.  The fundraisers help defray this cost per student significantly.

Other items

* The board members approved a donation toward the Yearbook Scholarship fund from C. Edward Studios.

* The preliminary levy was approved for the maximum amount, which was listed as $676,332.82 in the September 10 report from MDE. The final levy will be approved at the December board meeting.

* Kathy Brenny was approved as a half time teacher in fifth grade and will work half time as a special ed teaching assistant. Kaci Millette was approved as a kindergarten para and Robin Anderson as a special ed teaching assistant.

* Another open enrollment request was approved for a third grade student.

* Jan Malo was approved to be a full-time van driver. She previously was approved as a substitute driver.

* The board and administration officially thanked the many people who helped in so many ways during construction and moving back in. They thanked LeAnn and Dennis Bye for donating pop and water for volunteers and Hancock Co-op for coming over numerous times with their lift truck to help out. A big thanks was offered to all the community members, staff, and students who helped with the move into the new addition and old high school.