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Blackduck School to advertise for new superintendent

Numerous members of the school and community were present for the regular Blackduck School Board meeting Dec. 12 to hear what the school board planned to do about hiring a new superintendent. But before that was to be decided on, the board waded through a full agenda.

As with all other board meetings, the board voted to approve the minutes of November regular board meeting before moving on to what was happening around the school.

First off, luck was wished upon the basketball players and wrestling team before the board was updated on an overnight trip for the fifth graders.

The fifth grade class had another successful overnight trip to Deep Portage. There were 49 out of 51 students attending. It was noted that the students were well behaved and were once again given many compliments by the Deep Portage staff. The fifth graders came back with a real appreciation for the outdoors and knowledge about our living Earth. The trip's activities tie in very well with fifth grade Science and Social Studies Units.

Congratulations was given to the girl's and boy's basketball teams for getting their first wins of the season.

The board was made aware that there were 20 students who participated in the first Drakes Against Destructive Behavior night. They played ping pong, badminton, board games, football and more.

A record number of students signed up for the speech team this year and it was said that it promises to be a very good season and there are many new faces on the team.

Nei Bottling received a thank you for the $250 towards a spring bullying project.

Blackduck High School was awarded a $6,500 grant from NASA to start a robotics team that will compete in the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition.

Congratulations was given to the B-CL-B wrestlers for taking third out of 12 teams at the Fosston tournament. Also, congratulations to all the wrestling fans who took home the spirit award.

It was noted that the open comments from general participation was moved to the end of the meeting.

Once the treasurer's report and November bills were approved, the board moved on to approve the board agreements and open enrollment for the school year..

The board then voted to accept this year's audit and policies 130 and 147 as revised at the November board meeting.

The Truth in Taxation discussion was presented before the board voted to certify the 2011/2012 levy and accept the recommendations for the Dec. 12 Impact Aid Meeting.

The revision of Policy 150 was accepted.

Two part time speech coaches were approved to be increased to full time status.

It was discussed and voted on to advertise for a junior high wrestling coach before it was decided to advertise for a superintendent.

Discussion was held about proposed wording of superintendent advertisement before the board voted to proceed with discussed advertisement.

Discussion was then held concerning having MSBA representative coming to present information to the board about the superintendent hiring process.

The motion was made and seconded to approve hiring MSBA representative to present information about the superintendent hiring process.

This year's band trip request was unanimously approved before High School Principal Wendy Templin gave the high school report and Dean of Students Lorraine Warden, gave the elementary report.

The next board meeting will be Jan. 9.