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Staffing, insurance top the Hancock School Board agenda

The Hancock School Board accepted two teacher resignations and immediately hired two teachers for the 2017-2018 school year during their meeting on Monday.

The board accepted the resignations from phy ed and health teacher Ryan Petersen and band director Casey Skalbeck. Both teachers are completing their second year at Hancock. Principal Tim Pahl noted that both have "served well in their short time here .... they were good fits for our district."

Petersen has accepted a position at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted district and Skalbeck will be teaching next year in Alexandria.

Pahl noted that Skalbeck will work through the summer to conduct band lessons and direct the marching band.

The board then approved hiring the next band director, Jeanine Rupp. Rupp is a recent graduate of Concordia College of Moorhead. She is from Granite Falls and a trumpet player. She plans to shadow Skalbeck during the last band concert and with some of the lessons to get a feel for the district.

Pahl noted that there were 10 applicants for the band position. Board member Tim Schaefer commented that the interest in the position speaks to the quality of the instrumental program in Hancock.

The board also voted to hire Cari Gebro as the middle school special education teacher. Gebro is from Breckenridge and just graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

The phy ed/health teaching position remains open. Pahl reported that they had three applicants for the position, but have not made an offer yet.

Board members then accepted the bid of $41,101.94 from Rentz Agency in Morris for the district's property and workmen's compensation insurance for the upcoming year. There were bids from four agents and Superintendent Loren Hacker noted that the quote from the Rentz Agency is "significantly lower than our current policy."

Hacker did share that Hancock will be the first school client for the Rentz Agency, but he expects that means Hancock will get a lot of service.

The board also approved the 2017-2018 fee schedule. Hacker noted that the only change in the hot lunch fees were for the adult meals, which increased by a dime. The increase was set by the National School Lunch Program.

The approved fees include:

• Hot Lunch: K-3 - $1.90 per meal; Grades 4-12 - $2.00 per meal; Adult - $3.85 per meal.

• Participation: Football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, track, FFA, speech, plays, knowledge bowl: Grades 9-12 - $30 per activity; grades 7-8 - $20 per activity; BPA $50; Trap league $50; A family maximum of $150 per year applies.

• Athletic activity tickets: Students - $3 per event; Adults - $6 per event; Season pass $84.

• Drivers education: Classrooom - $180; behind the wheel - $275.

• Pre-school: $110 per month; free and reduced - $55 per month.