School Board meets
An early graduation request was granted at the April meeting of the school board Monday, April 21.
Eliese Perrin made the request and the board approved as the school counselor and principal both stated she should be able to do so successfully.
Phase II of the track project was discussed. Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann said she has asked Ryan Hasselstrom to back off on the fundraising effort at this point as a lot of groundwork still needs to be done. The board wanted to emphasize that no district money is being put into this beyond the work done to fix the drainage problems. 
Since it is on school grounds, any work to be done also needs to go through the board and also things need to be done to comply with state laws. The next step would be an engineering study, which of course costs money. At  this time there is no timetable for that.
In other business the board approved Julie (Mrs. Doug) Schumacher as the new first grade teacher.
The board voted to approve teacher contracts pending levy approval.
The board also approved use by the BLM of a currently unused section of the football complex for vehicle storage once their current building is demolished and rebuilt. It would be about a 144 foot on a side area near the Primeland pumps with a proposed rent of $500 per month from March 2015 through March 2016. Pat Alfrey asked if the insurance carrier is okay with that and suggested getting a written contract. Forsmann said she hadn’t yet but would check on the insurance question.
A budget hearing date was set for June 18. That is a Wednesday. The board meeting would also be moved from June 16 to the 18th as Forsmann will be at meetings in Boise on the 16th.
Bus depreciation moneys of $38,858 were approved for transfer from the general to the bus fund.
In the facilities report Forsmann said they are dealing with the water issues in the high school annex. The roof has been repaired and during the summer the inside sheetrock will be fixed. The problems were caused by snowpack and rain seeping between the gym wall and the new annex.
The upgrade work has been completed in Denise Uhlenkott’s office and they will do the rest of the work during the summer.
Aaron Hinkelman asked that they look into enlarging the men’s restroom in the gym. Forsmann said they will check into also enlarging the women’s restroom and will come back to the next meeting with some proposals and estimates.
In administrative reports Forsmann reported the parent-teacher conferences went well.
They are currently working on elementary schedules and class lists. If you have a request for a certain teacher for your child, now is the time to make it.
Testing is also going on now at the Elementary School.
In the Kindergarten screening done last week they screened 28 students.
In her superintendent’s report Forsmann said they have a budget prepared which includes the $350,000 levy. She has levy pamphlets available and planned to get information to the Chronicle before the levy election, which takes place at the same time and polling places as the Primary Election on May 20.
Carrie Nygaard noted that Drew Cochran and Dakota Wilson were selected as United Dairymen Distinguished Students. KREM-2 News was to be on campus to interview them April 22 but showed up last week instead. The two boys went home to put on dressier clothes and things went well.
Senior project presentations finished on April 14. Nygaard noted the seniors all showed a lot of pride in what they had accomplished. There was a wide variety of projects done.
The 7th grade “Trip to Somewhere” was held last Wednesday. This is basically a social studies research project where students pick a country and research their cultures, political structure, food, tourism, etc. and do a presentation.
Driver’s Ed started April 23 with 26 students plus another 4 on a waiting list.
Prom is Saturday at the gym.
April 24 is the District II high school band and choir music festival in Lewiston. On April 30 the junior high band will travel to Orofino for the District II band festival.
Mrs. Hinkelman’s psychology class will be holding a psychology fair the morning of May 13.
The junior-senior high Spring Concert is set for May 21 at 7 p.m. with the Elementary Concert set for May 14.
Graduation will be May 30 at 7 p.m.
The board meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

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