By Dan Bechtold
Winner School Board approved two quotes for soil and survey work on the proposed auxiliary gym at Monday’s meeting.
The board accepted the quote of FMG, Rapid City, for $5,790 for geotechnical work on the project. The other bidder was American Engineering Testing Inc., Rapid City, $5,850.
The quote of Brosz Engineering was approved to do a survey of the land at a price of $4,900. Chairman Mike Calhoon abstained from voting since his brother works for Brosz.
The other company supplying a quote was FMG at $7,500.
Supt. Bruce Carrier presented an update on the May 26 meeting that members of the auxiliary gym committee held with the architect. He presented the board notes that were provided by Upper Deck Architects of Rapid City.
The board gave approval to sending out letters of engagement to financial firms who want to present information to the school district on financing of the auxiliary gym project.
In other business, the school board hired Roxann Heinzman as an elementary special education aide and Sam Novotny as an assistant competitive cheer coach.
Carrier was named as representative for all federal programs for the 2015-2016 school year.
Business manager Laura Root was authorized to publish the 2015-2016 school district budget and a public hearing on the budget was set for July 13.
An addendum was approved for the lease agreement with the city of Winner. The city plans to rent an additional room in the former middle school building. The city will pay an additional $495.60 per month on the lease.
The lease agreement also says the city will provide exterior landscaping maintenance and mowing for the entire facility.
The board approved the bid for Frontier Motors of Winner for $19, 956 for a new seven passenger mini van. This price included trade-in of a vehicle.
The vote on the bid was split 4-2 with board members Dr. Tom Covey and Rusty Blare voting no. Board member Joe Hockett was not at the meeting.
Also submitting a bid was Harry K Ford at $21,312 without trade in and $18,250 with trade in for a used Dodge Grand Caravan.
Harry K Ford also submitted a bid on a Ford Transit Connect at $25,989 and $20,000 with trade-in.
Kim DeMers, curriculum coordinator, presented changes made to the wellness/nutrition policy.
The Winner School District has a wellness committee that meets yearly to review progress and update the wellness policy as needed.
One of the changes in the policy was that recess will be included for fifth graders. At the present time, fifth graders do not have recess.
Added to the policy was that elementary students receive fresh fruit and vegetables three times a week through the fresh fruit and vegetable grant. The board approved the policy.
Several items were declared as surplus and a school sale will be held at 10 a.m. July 2 at the middle school auditorium.
The board voted on run off ballot for persons to serve on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of control. Upon the recommendation of activities director Dan Aaker, the board voted for Moe Ruesink of Sioux Valley High School as the East River at-large member and Bryan Skinner of West Central School District for the small school group board of education.
A special school board meeting will be held on June 30 at 7 p.m. in the former middle school library.
Visitors to the school board presented information for the board to consider.
Chuck Noble told the board taxpayers expect the school board to be open, competent, transparent, good stewardship and due process to uphold South Dakota laws.
He told the board that material and information provided to the board must be available to the public in compliance with open meeting laws.
He added school records must be open to the public.
He said any school building purchase or contract must be in accordance with state law.
Noble explained there are state laws that deal with vocational and technical education.
Noble sees the proposed $2 auxiliary gym as a luxury.
Doug Wiken also talked about the importance of technical education. He said both Gov. Dennis Daugaard and President Obama are pushing for technical education.
Wiken present the board with several handouts including a graph showing the trend of Winner High School graduation from 1913 to 2015. He also presented the board with a story that said stadiums have no positive economic impact.
The school board met in executive session to discuss a contract. After the executive session, the school board voted to reject all concrete bids and authorized the business manager to re-advertise for bids.