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September 21, 2019

8/26/2019 11:12:00 AM
Early graduation request granted for future serviceman

Adding to the list of those who served in the Barneveld school district is Alex Ignatius who was granted early graduation at last Wednesday's school board meeting.
Ignatius, a senior, is planning a career in the US Air Force and wants to begin his career as soon as he graduates.
Principal Erin Eslinger told the board Alex will have met all the needed requirements by the end of first semester and is eligible to graduate. She recommended his early graduation request be granted.
The board granted the request and wished Alex well in his military career.
In other business the board heard a report from Superintendent Brett Stousland on the state of construction as the opening of school for 2019-20 approaches. He told the board the bleachers have been installed in the new gymnasium and 90% of the weight room equipment has been delivered. He added that the water problems found in blending the old with the new are being addressed and he expects the problem to be solved soon.
Stousland added that the tech ed department should be ready by September 1 and that the band and choir room will be ready when flooring is put in.
The board discussed the documents for the annual meeting and reviewed them. They also project August 24, 2020 at the annual meeting date for next year.
Stousland told the board the district's mini-bus had trouble with the recent safety inspection and asked them to consider a new one. The board favored one from the Bluebird company and approved Stousland's recommendation.
Stousland wrapped up the recent board retreat and in summary said:
-More involvement from the community is desired and could come from adult education classes.
"We would like to have them more involved than more than sporting events," he said.
-A preforming arts center is still a topic with the board.
"The hope is to do it without using tax dollars," he said.
-The board will be looking at more electives for students and possibly adding a finance class.
-The board hopes to keep kids more involved.
Stousland discussed the results of the recent audit and said cross training in the business office is the only area that the audit showed needs addressing.
"We had that but one of the staff in the business office left," he said.
Other than that, said Stousland, the audit was solid.
In a discussion during public participation and in answer to a question on everything being completed called for with the referendum Stousland said the guaranteed maximum price will be met.
"We have some internal things to do such as furniture and weight room equipment but everything connected to the building will be complete," he said.
Stousland also said the board will be looking into future land use for the proposed auditorium and space for softball and football.
"We have to see if we can fit it all together," he said.
Stousland told the board that there will be an open house for the public to view the remodeling from 4:30 to 6 p.m. September 25. He also said the dedication and open house will be at 1 p.m. September 28 during Fair Day.
Under correspondence Stousland said a $50 donation has been received from Ethan and Jan Erdman, former teachers in the district.
"They met here while teaching and said they appreciate having the opportunity to have their teaching careers started here," he said.





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