New building concept for School District may be on the near horizon

By Tim Huether

The makings of a new facility for the Bennett County School District may be coming sooner than later with superintendent Stacy Halverson saying she hopes to have a conceptual design for review in the near future.

At the June 17 board meeting, Halverson said the committee looking into a new building has pretty much narrowed down the version of what fits the district’s needs. She said they will now meet with the architects for the next step.

Board member and new buildings and grounds committee member Josh Fanning said they are now looking at tweaking things to meet what they want, need and what fits what they want to spend. 

In other board discussion, chairman Mike Olson updated the board on the status of the Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative, saying they operated in the red last year and are budgeted to operate slightly in the red this year but have a reserve they can operate off for that. He said they need to find more schools to partner with. Current schools in the coop are Bennett County, Kadoka Area, Jones County, Lyman County and White River. 

Superintendent Halverson updated the board on summer projects and staffing needs.

The school is still in need of a high school business ed teacher, an elementary music teacher and a third grade teacher. They also need kitchen help, a head and assistant high school volleyball coach, a head and assistant boys basketball coach, a middle school football coach and Little Warrior volleyball coach. 

Josh Fanning informed the board the building and grounds committee has looked over the superintendent house and said their recommendation is to allow Stacy Halverson to get bids on a 23’ x 36’ garage. Halverson said the house still needs some work done to the roof.

The board moved to accept the high bid of $2,551 from Tasha Hiland for the 2007 Ford Fusion. Other bids were: Amber Heinert, $2,145.50; Bonnie Risse $2,200; Mickie Thayer $2,250.

The board moved to surplus four I Pads, to be thrown away. 

The board moved to approve addition to policy IGD “Open Gym/Out of Season Contact Policy.”

The board moved to approve five sick leave days from the sick leave bank for Lonna Johnson. 

The board moved to appoint Mike Olson as the Three Rivers Cooperative representative and Josh Fanning as the alternate for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The board moved to accept the propane bid for the 2019-2020 school year from CHS of Winner for .89 per gal. per tanker load and $1.04 per truck load. Other bids were: Beguin Enterprises, tanker $1.03; small truck $1.23; Stern Oil, tanker $.917, small truck $1.167

The board moved to accept the fuel bids for the 2019-2020 school year from Lynn’s Dakotamart at $.07 off the pump price for fuel and diesel and the school will have to file the federal tax. The one other bid was from Bros. for: pump price per gallon less the federal tax for lead free gasoline and pump price per gallon less the federal tax for #2 diesel fuel.

After discussion, it was decided the savings with the Lynn’s bid would be estimated at about $1,200 - $1,300 per year.

In other action, the board moved to approve the home school exemption for two elementary students for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The board moved to accept a contract with Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative for Speech Therapist for the 2019-2020 school year in the amount of $76,622.40. 

The board moved to accept contract with Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative for two Speech Language Pathologist Assistants for the 2019-2020 school year in the amount of $72,668.00. 

The board moved to approve voiding Check 175879 to Yesway for $127 due to lack of presentation.

The board moved to change of the July board meeting from July 15, to July 18. 

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