The Milbank School District Board of Education met on Friday, July 6. Dates for two meetings to disseminate information and obtain input from the... School Board Sets Community Meetings to Discuss Koch School Options

The Milbank School District Board of Education met on Friday, July 6. Dates for two meetings to disseminate information and obtain input from the community regarding the project options at Koch School were set.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday July 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Koch School. The second meeting will be held Monday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to each meeting to allow the public to view the facility. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Superintendent Tim Graf reviewed the general fund, enrollment comparison history, valuation history, mill levy comparison, state aid history, and the 2017-2018 revenue and expenditures. Graf stated the Milbank School District is in good financial shape. The district had incurred significant and unexpected expenses this year for tuckpointing exterior areas of concern and replacing lockers, but the budget absorbed those expenses.

Jon Christianson was installed as the newest board member and returning board member Amy Thue was also installed. Dick Schwandt was unanimously re-elected as president of the board, and Milt Stengel was unanimously chosen to continue as the vice president. Dick Schwandt will continue as the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) contact person. Retiring board member, Sheila Bien, was presented with a plaque for her service.

Phil Seehafer was hired as the facility maintenance manager. He begins his duties July 16. Seehafer replaces Jerry Kathman who retired. Jenna Schlimme was hired to be the middle school and high school nurse at the rate of $22.25 per hour. Schlimme is an RN from Ortonville and worked as a nurse at Northridge in Ortonville and as an EMT for the Graceville Ambulance Service.

The resignation of paraprofessional Morgan Schmidt was accepted. Schmidt plans to further her education. The board noted positions for two paraprofessional and an AC/DC electrics instructor remain open in the district.

The board voted to add the Valley Express as an official publication for the Milbank School District. The motion passed unanimously. The board approved the designation of First Bank & Trust, Great Western Bank, and Wells Fargo as official school district depositories for the fiscal year 2019. Rodney Freeman and Jackson Schwandt were designated as the district’s attorneys.

District rates for milk and lunch will remain the same. School lunch prices include: $2.75 for K-5 students, $3 for 6-12 students, and $3.60 for adults. Breakfast prices include: $1.75 for K-12 student, $2.20 for adults, and $.35 for milk. Activity admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Koch and middle school yearbooks cost $14; high school yearbooks will be $35. Substitute pay will be $100 per day for non-certified substitutes and $110 for certified teachers. Substitute pay for long term substitutes will increase from $10.20 per hour to $11.00 per hour.

The proposal to add a sixth-grade wrestling program was tabled for further discussion. The motion to allow the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School District to join the gymnastics co-op passed. The CGB School will provide for transportation and cover costs. An open enrollment application was approved for a student from the Waverly-South Shore district.

The next meeting of the Milbank School District Board of Education is set for August 13, at 7 p.m.

Staff Writer

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