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Amber DeBoer hired as Hancock pre-school teacher

Even as the Hancock School Board approved a new contract for a teaching position at the school, they followed up by accepting a resignation for another position. This action was intermixed with a full list of annual actions necessary for the next school year.

Staff needs

The board approved a recommendation to hire Amber DeBoer as the pre-school teacher for the 2010-2011 school year. DeBoer is from Willmar and has been teaching and coaching gymnastics part-time in the Benson school district.

She came highly recommended and has some good experience since her graduation from Concordia College in 2007. She will be teaching two groups of pre-schoolers and also the ECFE program. There are 27 students signed up for the pre-school class this year.

With so many pre-school students signed up it was decided to not allow children turning four during the middle of a semester to start immediately. Instead they will be asked to wait until the start of a new semester when the classes are reconfigured. This will help alleviate the need to work new students in mid-way through a course.

After approving the new hire, the board was asked to accept the resignation from Chad Nuest as head basketball coach. Nuest stated that he wished to spend more time with family and thanked the school, administration, parents and students for the opportunity to work with them. "There is no place like Hancock and I feel privileged to have had this chance and opportunity," stated Nuest in his resignation.

The district will be advertising to fill this position as well as the positions of track coaches. Superintendent Jerry Martinson also told the board that he will be placing ads for two special ed paras.

Another new position at the school will be for a fourth school bus driver. After doing some calculations as to the price to operate the three bus routes plus two van routes, it was decided that four bus routes could be operated for the same price. This would also help alleviate the need for car seats and booster seats in the vans. The board approved this along with hiring Chrystel Davis as a full-time bus driver.

Annual actions

The board approved several items required as annual action. This included setting board salaries, designating official newspaper and depository and setting meeting dates. There were no changes made in these decisions from last year.

The board also made no changes in school lunch prices or participation fees. The admission prices will remain the same except for a change to the adult pass price. This was increased from $30 to $40. The milk bid was awarded to Cass Clay and the bread bid to Sara Lee.

Summer work

Martinson told the board that the boiler installation is coming along. The new boilers were put in place with just a few blocks needed to be removed. The refinishing of gym floors has been completed and the floors are drying nicely. The gyms should be re-opened next week. Janitors are also working on cleaning in classrooms and hallways.

Four new security cameras have been installed and a training will be given on how to operate and monitor these.

Classroom changes have been made in the high school building. Amy Dougherty will now have the classroom formerly occupied by Dale Swanson. Chad Christiansen, the new math teacher, will have room 111 on the first floor as his classroom. The new counselor will occupy the room formerly used by Dougherty, room 211.

Martinson also told the board that through an ITV grant the school will receive a 50-inch plasma screen TV to be used as a monitor for the ITV room. He noted that this change will improve the visual presentation in the classroom.

Other action

• The board approved the 2010-2011 budget in the amount of $1,201,950. He explained that the balance from last year was slightly higher than expected since expenditures were down. Therefore, the asbestos removal was budgeted into Health and Safety for the 2009-2010 year instead of the next year.

• The board approved five more open enrollment requests. Two of these were students here two years ago and are now asking to return this year. They currently live in Clontarf. The other three requests are students living in Starbuck, Cyrus and Lac qui Parle districts.

• There was some discussion by board members about the possibility of offering more college level courses at the school to try

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