School board sets January 6 for special new building presentation meeting

By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District Board met for the final time in the calendar year Monday with a light agenda as they head toward the holiday break.

A date of Jan. 6, at 5 p.m., was set for a special meeting to hear a presentation on the new building project. A target date of Jan. 20, the regular meeting date, is set to possibly release it for bids. 

Superintendent Stacy Halverson said they have been meeting with the architects and others, fine tuning the project to stay within budget.

Halverson said she was at a NIISA Conference last week with key topics including Impact Aid, trauma focused schools, student conferencing and five levels of leadership. 

Halverson reported the school district is hosting the December Martin Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday. 

She said there is a Winter SDHSAA Moratorium mandating that there be no sports practices from Dec. 23-26.

Middle School Principal Jon Pierson reported there are 91 students enrolled at the Middle School and attendance is at 89.6 percent. He said NWEA testing is about done, showing growth across the board.  

He said Dec. 17, the play will be taking place and they will be competing in a regional competition, the first time in many years. The play must be a dramatic play for this year. 

In sports, middle school girls basketball is done and Pierson said the girls showed a lot of promise, lots of kids were out and they ended the season with a win over Todd County. Middle school wrestling had an increase in numbers this year and had a good season. Middle school boys basketball begins soon with 30 kids signed up at this time. 

Pierson reported the double header basketball game Saturday was one of the largest, loudest crowds he’s seen in a long time, packing the gym. 

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