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Large kindergarten class predicted for next year in Hancock

Another class at Hancock public school will go to two sections next year. The incoming kindergarten numbers are projected to be between 30-34 students, which will mean two sections of kindergarten next year. This will also mean that another teacher will need to be hired for the second section.

At their March meeting, the Hancock School board approved the hiring of a second kindergarten teacher based on the projected numbers. At the time of the meeting, the kindergarten round-up was planned for later in the week. Following this event, more definite numbers would be available but it appears, for now, that two sections will be needed.

The schedule for kindergarten will be for the two sections of 15-17 students to attend class full days on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be a remediation day for students who test below AIMS target scores. Friday will also be eligible for the other kindergarten students to attend preschool with a tuition of $55 per month.

The kindergarten students will be screened in August using AIMS evaluation techniques to determine which students will be eligible for the Friday remedial class. AIMS evaluations will be administered again in December for re-evaluation.

Parents who wish to have their child attend only three days of kindergarten, may do so. More firm numbers and an end of year evaluation of this year’s class will be needed before a final determination will be made as to next year’s class configuration, set up and attendance options.

Other action

* Four bids were received for the asbestos clean-up at the school prior to construction. The bid from VCI was accepted at $30,150.

* Supt. Jerry Martinson told the board that the bids for the construction package would be opened on March 28 with bidders being able to tour the facility on March 21. ICS Consulting feels the bids will come in very close to the $5.4 million asked for in the referendum. If the bids come in over, the board will have to decide about other methods of funding or possible cuts in order to meet this figure. The bids will not include technology, furniture or equipment in the new rooms.

* The board accepted the resignation of Kirstin Thiel as assistant volleyball coach and thanked her for her service.

* Miranda Krueger was approved as the junior high track coach and ViAnn Larson was hired as the head cook.

* A donation from Federated Telephone was approved with thanks. Federated Telephone donated $1,000 for the purchase of two iPads for the school.

* Principal Tim Pahl presented a list of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) testing dates for the students. The first tests will be on April 16 and all testing will be completed on May 10. These tests will involve several different grade levels at the school.

* After a closed session to review probationary teacher evaluations, the board members approved the renewal of contracts for each of the four teachers.