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Walls are going up at the Hancock School

The school year has come to a close in Hancock and focus is now moving from education to construction. While the exterior work started several weeks ago, the interior remodeling had to be put on hold until classes were done. The remodel is now in full swing with the final days of school used to remove classroom items and store them in the multi-purpose room.

The Hancock school board members were updated about the construction project at their May meeting and approved the roofing  replacement bids for the gym, shop and hallways. A bid from McDowell was approved for a built-up roof on the 1960's addition and new addition for $345,700. A bid for replacing shingled roofing on the gym and shop areas from REB out of Morris was approved for just under $40,000. With these bids, the construction project is coming in nearly right on what was expected. The board members are hopeful that the contingency funds built into the project will not be needed and can instead be used for things like replacing cabinets in the 1960s classrooms.

The board also approved some new contracts for the next school year. Jayna Flanders was recommended for the .8 kindergarten position after reviewing 15 applicants. The board approved hiring Flanders who will be getting married in early June and her fiance is employed at Hancock Concrete/Superior Industry. She is originally from Paynesville.

The board also approved a sharing agreement with Morris for .38 time for Kristine Liljenquist to teach Spanish 1st and 2nd hour. The remainder of her time will be teaching in Morris.

Jack Van Eps was approved as a regular bus route driver as of April 24.

In other action

* The school board approved a preliminary budget for ordering purposes. The final budget will be approved in August.

* Teacher and classified assignment, wages and contract terms were approved. Negotiation strategies were reviewed in closed session. A teacher negotiation meeting was set up.

* Several donations were approved, most of them for Little League. A donation from New Horizons/CHS for $1,000 was used to purchase two I-pads and protective cases for high school staff. All donors were thanked for their generosity.

* Chad Christianson came before the board to discuss problems at the football/baseball field. Excessive snow in this area caused a great deal of damage to fencing and also delayed games. He asked for the boards permission to look into either upgrading the current field or moving the baseball portion next to the Little League field. The board encouraged him to set up a committee and present different options with more concrete facts and figures. Christianson stated that there is a Twins grant available for work on baseball fields and he was going to look into that too.

* Three open enrollment requests for kindergarten students were approved. These three had been included in the original numbers planned for next year.