Contracts, election top school board
By Annette Tait
The last of Center-Stanton Public Schools’ teacher contracts were approved at the April school board meeting, bringing the board close to finalizing teaching staff for the coming year. Interviews have been conducted for the business teacher position, with the board voting to offer a contract to the selected candidate. The district will also be advertising for an elementary teacher, as the board approved the resignation tendered by Sharla Roloff, requesting to be released from her 2016-2017 teaching contract.
Business Manager Jacob Erhardt also informed the board that only two candidates filed paperwork for the school election. Current Board President Loren Henke will run for re-election to the at-large seat and Rick Schmidt will run for re-election to the Center seat. No one filed to run for the Stanton seat. If there is no write-in candidate, or no qualified write-in candidate is willing to accept the seat, the board may appoint a qualified individual to fill the vacancy.
In his superintendent’s report, Curt Pierce advised the board that, per the fire marshall/boiler inspector’s visit earlier this month, a few electrical upgrades are needed.
“Overall, things went very well,” Pierce said, noting the boiler inspector will return to check on repairs that were made earlier and inspect a couple of areas he was unable to inspect during the initial visit.
In addition, Pierce recognized students and advisors involved in the Science Olympiad, Acalympics, and music programs for their accomplishments. The Science Olympiad team qualified for state for the third year in a row, the Acalympics team won their region and qualified for the first-ever state Acalympics competition, and 17 students qualified for the State Music competition May 7.
Pierce also provided the elementary principal’s report on behalf of Kathy Bullinger, who was unable to attend the meeting. In her report, Bullinger provided an overview of Kindness Week, a new activity designed to help elementary students focus on “practicing kindness toward others.” Activities during Kindness Week used themed dress days to help reinforce the lessons, including Lend a Helping Paw (Wildcat gear), Save the Day (superhero gear), Rope Up Some Kindness (western theme), and Color the School Blue (wear blue, the anti-bullying color). Also on the agenda was a visit from a Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota representative.