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All-school reunion link added to Hancock school web site

The Hancock school alumni are not the only ones preparing for the 2012 All-School Reunion. The current staff and students are also doing their part to help make the July 6-7 celebration a success.

The Hancock School board learned how the studens are getting involved during their meeting on Monday night. Principal Tim Pahl told board members that Amy Dougherty has been working with her class to set up an All-School reunion link on the school web site. This link will be under the Alumni category.

The students are also using the reunion as a learning experience by scanning old pictures to be put on the web site. Many of the old pictures need repairs after they are scanned. The pictures can also be preserved for many more years through this method.

As the work progresses, alumni and others interested in the reunion events are encouraged to log on to the school web site and click on the alumni link.

Other business

The school board also discussed and approved several other items of business. These included:

* Several of the surplus items put on display and sold during the Parent-Teacher conferences in November. Some items sold for a total income of $200.

* The city will once again plow the snow in the school parking lot and occasionally remove it as it accumulates.

* A contract was approved for Kim Gades as the pre-K/kindergarten teacher. Gades started on Oct. 31 replacing Amber DeBoer who resigned.

* Five foundation grant applications were approved. Kayla Rinkenberger applied for $500 for iPad software and accessories, Lynn Nelson for $199 for ITX Math software, Cory Bedel for $500 for sports video camera, Char Rustad for $800 for a document camera to go with the Smart Board 5 and Kris Miller for $527.15 for recorders in music.

* The school calendar was revised to change a teacher in-service day. The in-service day will be held on Dec. 9 instead of March 5. There will be no school on Dec. 9. The day will be used to look at test data and focus on areas where improvement is needed.

* A couple areas of facility maintenance were brought up. Tiles on some of the ramps in the school are coming loose and cracking. This may need to be addressed over the Christmas break or next summer. Three elements in the new boiler have had to be replaced. This was covered by warranty, however, the company who installed the boiler is now recommending a water filtration system be installed to prevent build-up on the elements.

* The new Lions stand at the Little League field is up and nearly complete. Work will resume next spring on the interior.

* Staff members and students, including Mr. Tolles and his Knowledge Bowl teams and Ms. Schmidt and her play cast, were congratulated on recent accomplishments.

Upcoming dates were reviewed. These include:

Nov. 24-25 - No school, Thanksgiving vacation

Dec. 5 - Elementary winter concert at 5:30, followed by lasagna dinner , secondary concert at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 9 - No school - teacher in-service

Dec. 19 - School board meeting and Truth in Taxation presentation at 7 p.m.