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Hancock School year is off to a good start

The school year is off to a positive start especially with the increase in enrollment. The Hancock school board held its first meeting of the new school year on Monday night and took action on a few things for the year. However, it basically appeared that things were running smoothly, even though the first few weeks were quite hectic.

Two football games were cancelled, one of which was homecoming, causing a scramble during the first week of school for staff, students and the community. The only option for homecoming was to hold it the second week of school requiring some quick planning. Things went well however, and everyone was thanked and commended for the roles they took to make it a successful homecoming week.

Now with homecoming behind them, the staff and students can look ahead to the school year. To do this the board approved a few new hires and reviewed test results from last year to make sure the students are on the right path in the education process.

Two long-term subs were approved by the board members. Kay Elvenjehn will be filling the sub position in first grade during Andrea Wink's maternity leave. Kim Erdahl will fill the long-term sub position in kindergarten during Ashley Christiansen's maternity leave. Shelly Koehl was also approved as a SETA aide.

Once the new school year started and the bus routes established, it was discovered that one of the routes was quite long with students on the bus for what was considered too long. Therefore, a van route was added with Don Joos approved to drive this route. The van route will pick up students in the Danvers and Holloway area.

The board approved the final levy of $539,746.75 which is a 12.95 percent increase. Some of this increase is due to new legislation that repealed homestead credits in certain markets bringing an increase in the levy. Levy discussion will take place at the Dec. 19 board meeting followed by certification.

Board member Joel Flaten also mentioned that a recent column written by Torrey Westrom and appearing in local newspapers painted a rosy pictures for schools. However, it did not tell the whole story. The column made it seem that schools would have up to a $900 increase per pupil this year where in reality it will be only about $50. Due to some shifts in how the money is designated, it could appear to be more than what is actually being made available to the schools.

Representatives from the school's accounting firm, Eide Bailey, will be at the October meeting to present the audit. They have asked to come at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 so the meeting time was changed for next month.