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Matt Hone resigns as Hancock teacher

Hancock Social Studies teacher and coach, Matt Hone, submitted his resignation to the school board on Monday night. Hone will be leaving to teach closer to his home town in North Dakota. The board regretfully accepted the resignation and will now be looking to fill this position.

Also submitting a resignation at the meeting was Jaclyn Swiney who resigned as the cheerleading coach. This position was offered to Ashley Christianson who had expressed an interest in it.

The board approved other extra curricular assignments for the 2010-11 school year with a few left to be filled. Chad Christianson will be the head football coach and assistant girls basketball coach next year. However, junior high coaches in both these sports are needed. Also assistant volleyball and track coaches and a head track coach will be needed next year.

Summer work

The board approved several summer work projects that will begin as soon as school is out. Along with the biggest project of replacing the boiler system the school will be taking on the following projects:

• Installation of four security cameras -- estimated cost $7,000

• Replace copier in main office - estimated cost $7,200

• Repair cement at northeast corner of shop - $500

• Move gutter and maintenance to bricks on front of school - estimated at $1,000

• Repair parking lot frost heaves - $4,500

• Upgrade lighting in library - $854

• Replace backdrop curtains on stage - $2,500

• Stage upgrades (using MSHSL grant) - $2,500

• Bus garage wall repair - estimated at $10,000.

The boiler installation will utilize stimulus funds of $300,000 and the asbestos abatement will cost $9,800.

Foundation grants

The board received a report from a recent meeting of the Hancock School Foundation Advisory Committee. New members Jackie Flaten, Marcia Greiner and Jim Nelson will serve on the board.

The committee reviewed grant applications and approved the following:

• Zoom H4n portable Digital Recorder submitted by Kris Miller for $299.

• James J. Hill House and Mill City Trip from Steph Flaten for $750.

• Dell Laptop Computer from Amy Brown for $712.14

• Smart Board with projector from Chad Christianson for $3,200 and

• Science Enrichment trip for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades for $950.

The total approved was $7,250.14.

Other business

• The board approved a preliminary budget based on current state aid formulas and a projected enrollment. A final budget will be approved at the July or August meeting.

• The board accepted donations for Little League from several areas businesses.

• Some changes were approved for the business manager's contract and technology coordinator's contract.

• Superintendent Jerry Martinson told the board that the school gym will be used on June 6 for the Kurt Kruize Memorial Service and on June 10 for the Federated Annual Meeting and Meal. He added that a reception for departing employees, Dale Swanson and Matt Hone, will be held on May 26 at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Graduation will be Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and the last day of school for students is May 27. The teachers will have an inservice day on May 28.