NewsMarch 15 2017

Three seats on board up for election

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Three seats on board up for election
Angela Eves/LCH 
 The Lyman School Board of Education met Mon., March 13 with all school board members in attendance. Three positions on the school board will become vacant this year with terms ending for Rhonda Schelske, Reliance, Dennis Stanley, Presho, and Kim Schweitzer, Presho.
Nominating petitions may be picked up at the office of the business manager at the Presho site as of Tues., April 11. The deadline for returning the completed petitions to the business manager is Mon., May 12 at 5:00 p.m.
If more than three nominating petitions are filed, an election will be held in June to fill the positions on the board. The term for these positions is three years. Registered voters living within the Lyman School District No. 42-1 boundaries are elegible to vote in the election. If necessary, voting precincts will be located at Reliance, Lower Brule, Kennebec, Presho, and Vivian.
The building committee presented two drafts to expand the current gym. It was suggested that in order for the building committee to continue with any plans or drafts of an addition, the instructional committee needs to formulate a plan for how the sites will be structured. The Instructional Committee is going to spend the next month or two formulating a plan to present to the board. The focus will be placed on the long term needs of the school district. Jodi Smith suggested that they hold several public input meetings as necessary.
Superintendent Vlasman proposed that the school hire a Technology Coordinator, as Carol Birgen will be retiring as the Technology Coordinator next year. The motion was carried through and the position will be posted to the school website and also posted to some college job boards in hopes to recruit a new technology graduate.
The school calendar for the 2017-18 school year was approved. After the board was presented with five different options, one plan was revised to accommodate some concerns with the start and end dates and to allow for a longer winter break. The 2017-18 school year will begin on August 22 and will commence May 16. The calendar gives the students and staff a twelve day Christmas break.
The board received a resignation from Brittany Reuman to relieve her duties as the head girl’s basketball coach. A motion was carried to approve the resignation.
Kennebec Elementary has received $30,000 from the Matilda Dorman Trust. These funds can only be used for materials at the Kennebec site as these were the stipulations of the trust. Kennebec will receive $1,500 per year, which should allow for the money to be used over the next twenty years.
Principal reports were given by Lillebo and Boer.
March’s enrollment at Kennebec was 96 in the Middle School and 99 in the Elementary. Presho has 91 students in the Elementary and 102 in the High School.
The board went into executive session at 9:52 p.m. to discuss negotiations and personnel. They returned from executive session at 10:55 p.m. with no additional motions being made.

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