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January 23, 2019

12/24/2018 11:16:00 AM
Barneveld board receives request to name new basketball court "Jim Myers Court"

The Barneveld school board received a request that the new basketball court at Barneveld High School be dedicated and named "Jim Myers Court."
Tory Laube, a former school board member and Barneveld resident presented the request at last Wednesday's regular meeting.
"I would like to recommend that when the new gymnasium is built that we dedicate and name the court after Jim," Laube said in a letter he filed with the board. "I think this is the least we can do to recognize the time, efforts and impacts he has had on our school district and community. I would also suggest the school board waives all naming rights associated with naming the court after him."
Laube called attention to seven state championships (six girls, one boys) that have happened under Myers's direction. He added Myers is the all-time winningest girls basketball coach in Wisconsin and the second all-time winningest basketball coach. He is also in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Laube added that Myers has positively impacted players, students, coaches, citizens and local businesses in the community and has helped promote and elevate girls basketball within the state.
"He has always viewed himself as a leader of a program vs being the coach of a team," Laube said.
He noted Myers had opportunities to move on to bigger schools and to college but his passion and commitment has always been to the Barneveld School District which kept him at home.
"How lucky are we to have kept him at home," Laube said.
The board accepted the request and will look into it.
In other business the board heard a report on the building progress from District Administrator Brett Stousland.
Stousland said work is progressing on the walls and that brick will be put on soon. He said the contractor feels the walls will be closed in by the third week in January.
"We have underspent on the project by $1 million but the steel bill will impact that when it comes in," Stousland said.
Stousland also said a drone was used to survey the roof and that the one remaining is in perfect condition.
The board discussed the 2019-2020 calendar and said the date for graduation has not yet been chosen. Stousland said staff and parents will be surveyed for feedback for a decision at a later date.
As for the current budget Stousland said everything is on track and that the percentage spent at present is the same as last year at this time. He noted that there is a little less revenue in this year's budget.
In another report, the Department of Justice has received the results of the lockdown safety drill and the school safety plan. Stousland said the drills have been performed so the information required by January 1 can be submitted.
Stousland also explained the financial audit and the food service audit. He said some changes the audit finds need to be made on how items such as utilities, snow plowing, etc are reported and how funds must be transferred from various accounts to zero out that function.
He added that the fund balance is at 22% and the desired percentage is 30%. He also said the audit addressed the credit card policy for the two cards the district uses and recommends 26 pay periods for staff instead of the 24 used at present.
As for the food service audit the amount of costs are heading in the right direction and the audit addressed some recording elements needed for reimbursement.
"The kids get plenty of food here," Stousland noted.
In further business there were no staff resignations. Stousland told the board the school nurse position has been filled by an RN-nurse Murphy-and that John Oxnem, from Dodgeville, has been hired as a custodian. He also said Bill Dimpfl's hours are being changed to include more bus driving.

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