By Dan Bechtold
The Winner School Board unanimously approved the architectural services contract with Upper Deck of Rapid City at a special meeting on May 19. At an earlier meeting, Upper Deck was hired as the architect for the proposed armory auxiliary gym.
The contract service fee is 7.05 percent of the total bid on the building.
The 12 member auxiliary gym planning committee met at 5 p.m. on May 20 and the committee’s first meeting with the architect was on May 26.
One of the first things the school district must do before building starts is have a topographical survey and also a geotechnical survey. Upper Deck will assist the school district in finding firms to conduct these two studies.
In other business, the school board approved the 2015-2016 negotiated agreement with the Winner Education Association. The main points of the agreement were that the base salary went from $31,000 to $32,200; the signing bonus was increased to $2,500; another health insurance deductible option was added at $3,500 and the district will contribute $500 a month toward health insurance, the district evaluation policy was set to model the state evaluation model and in extracurricular a competitive cheer assistant coach was added.
The business manager was authorized to send out revised certified contracts.
Kent Lein was hired as a 5th grade math and science teacher. For the past five years he has taught at Crow Creek.
The board accepted the resignation of pre-school aide Deb Hannett. She has been an aide for 12 years.
The school board approved a weighted GPA policy for AP/dual credit classes at the high school. The policy says high school grade point averages will be based upon a 4 point scale for all courses offered in the regular high school curriculum. An additional .25 will be added to this point value for all approved dual credit AP courses that a student is enrolled in through the school. In the instance of a dual credit AP course, an A is valued at 4.25 points, a B is valued at 3.25 points, a C at 2.25 points, a D is valued at 1.25 points and an F is valued at 0 points.
A revised prom form was approved. The new addition says that a student will obey the established dance/dress guidelines. A parent/guardian will be called if a student leaves the dance before 10:30 p.m. Parents are asked to provide a telephone number where they can reached from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. the day of prom.
Student helpers for the summer will include: Sydnie Peters, Jayden Schroeder, Jordan Turgeon, Isaac Naasz, Luke Engel and Brendan Harter. The adult helper will be LeeAnn Fisher.
Several Winner High School speech students attended the meeting.
The school board met in executive session to discuss a contract issue.