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June 19, 2021

6/11/2021 10:38:00 AM
Highland to give maskless a try for summer school

Monday, June 7 will be the first day of summer school for Highland students.
It will also be the first day the district will implement a mask suggested but optional program,
"I would like to give this a try," Superintendent Bryce Bird said. "We can change it midstream if people get sick or things change."
Bryce went on to say there will be fewer students in the building and fewer people overall.
"One northern school implemented a maskless rule but conference teams would not play them so the board met and reversed it," Bird said.
He added that Highland sports teams going on after the school year ends will still follow masking and social distancing rules.
The board did not vote on the mask optional plan, instead leaving it up to the administration to monitor.
Board president Mike Dreischmeier said while there have been many voices in the community asking for masking to be relaxed there are others who are not comfortable to go without masks.
"I just want them to be aware we are listening to them also," Dreischmeier said. He added that the board will leave it up to the administration to administer and if things change they can take immediate action without having a board meeting.
Principal's Report
"We are wrapping things up," said Highland Principal Josh Tarrell.
He discussed the year end education requirements, graduation, school ending dates, year end events such as field trips, concerts, banquets, and athletics.
Tarrell also issued some thank-yous including:
- Tri-Star for mulch donation
- Kevin Wienkes for time and skid steer use
- Staff and students for getting through a very tough year
"I am very proud of the kids and the staff," Tarrell said. "We were able to do a lot of things other schools were unable to do."
Board Election
The board returned the same slate of officers for 2021-2022 which are:
- Mike Dreischmeier-president
- Ken Esser-vice-president
- Andrea Benish-clerk
- Todd Michek-treasurer
Committee assignments were also approved.
Other Business
The board received requests for 10 students open enrolling into the district with two open enrolling out. They approved the list.
The board retained Johnson and Block to perform audit services. They also approved a recommendation for IT Director Brad Tucker to spend $17,000 to upgrade the intercom services with MARCO performing the work.
The board also received an update to the proposed summer projects.
Personnel Matters
Under personnel matters the board approved a resolution for staff contract renewals and also the list of extra curricular assignments.
The CESA contract for services was approved and is expected to come in with the same costs.
The board received a request from Athletic Director Lynn Michek for relief time to perform her duties. Bird said he will survey conference schools to see how they handle it.
The board discussed the concept of having someone off staff fill the position to allow Michek to stay with her teaching duties. Also discussed was the possibility of a shared position. The board agreed she did a fantastic job navigating the COVID season.
"This could fall under administrative duties which we will discuss in the future," said Dreischmeier.
"You can't have a game without officials," Bird said when discussing the AD having time to find some if there is a cancellation.
Bird attempted to clarify relief time that he has experienced in other districts.
The board approved the co-curricular assignments as presented with the administration looking at what can be done for the AD position
Support staff contracts were discussed and approved.
Non-union administrative and support staff positions were also approved as was the Grade 10 advisor contract.
The board also received and approved the 2020-21 summer school contracts.
The summer school salaries for dual credit courses were approved.
The board will meet twice in June with the 9th as the regular meeting and 22nd as a special meeting.

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