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More than 30 people showed up for Blackduck's regular school board meeting Feb. 13 to listen get more information on the four-day school week, the Internet access for teachers, in support of Diane McKean's resignation, the hiring of a new superintendent and other items on the agenda.

The meeting began with Grant Mistic being nomiated for vice-chairman, which he accepted. The Jan. 9 meeting minutes were approved as were those minutes from the Jan. 3 and 25 special meetings.

The board was updated on Snow Week and it was considered a success. The halls were decorated, the students and teachers were dressed up, the coronation was beautiful and the pep-fest was a lot of fun!

This year's Snow Week royalty were King Lucas Krabbenhoft, Queen Emma Brown, Prince Colton Bales and Princess Ashlee Jeffrey.

Blackduck staff met at the Countryside Restaurant for an early morning breakfast, supporting the new owners of Countryside and former students who work there.

It was noted that Blackduck's Wells Fargo employees donated $458.12 to the library to buy books for the students.

The Fitness Fund had another spectacular turn out at the Winter Elementary dance. Approximately 128 students showed up to show off their fancy footwork.

Mr. Gross led the Kindergarten through sixth grade in a dance they learned during physical education the previous twoweeks. The Elementary staff pooled their money together and raffled off two iPod Shuffles -- one went to Bryce Frenzel and the other to Kalli Gross.

Frenzel Fertilizer donated a boys bike which was won by Kyle Thomas. Jody and Kevin Thomas donated a girls bike and that was won by Kendra Sparby. Barbwire Clothing, Realty Experts, Automotive Expressions and Forseen Excavating also donated items for the raffle.

It was stated that there will be two more public meetings for information and questions. These will be Feb. 22 and Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.

Now the year is almost up, the school has an opportunity to extend the four-day week for three years and some are none too pleased about it.

The board and those present were told that the four-day school year committee had met on the application to the state and were told that the procedure was well underway.

When the four-day week was brought up for discussion however, no action was taken.

The dental clinic was considered a huge success with 101 children, K-12, receiving services from Northern Dental Access Center.

Ten athletes went to softball camp in January, at Mankato State University. They received a donation from a community member to help make it happen.

Every Friday afternoon one classroom from grades 4-6 walks to the nursing home to visit and play games with the residents. The students have shared their favorite school time memories as well as listened to the residents share their favorite school time memories.

Thanks were given out for a donation from the Blackduck Lions, Blackduck Fireman's Relief and the Northome VFW, that enabled to purchase a hearing screener that will be more efficient at screening kindergarten kids and younger. With the purchase, the school district will no longer need to rent one from Public Health during Pre-school screenings.

Congratulations was handed out to sophomore Trey Volk, for reaching 1,000 points in basketball. Volk was only the second Blackduck student to hit that mark for the boys basketball team.

There were a few resignations to come before the board and they voted to accept

• Dennis Bucholtz's resignation effective June 3.

• Diane McKean's request for a leave of absence effective June 3.

• Jim Dahedl's letter of resignation from his JH Football coaching position.

• Catherine Sullivan's letter of resignation from Spanish/ELL teaching at the end of the school year.

• Rick Olhava as baseball coach for the school year.

• and Sheena Reese from her junior high/junior varsity softball coaching position.

They also voted to accept revised, new or reviewed computer policies #338, 356, 358, 359 and 360, to eliminate computer policy #420, to eliminate the laptop checkout form and to approve the 2012/13, 2013/14, and the 2014/15 school calendars.

The topic of allowing teachers access to the Internet password on a trial basis starting March 1 was brought before the board. This acces would be concluded at the end of the school year. Stipulations include:

• Password use would not be allowed during computer testing.

• An additional agreement in regards to internet streaming would also be implemented.

• Administration has the option at any point to terminate teacher password use.

• Bruce Norrgard is to track his time spent on computer password related items.

Tyrone Moen was hired for two hours per day as Title 1 Para effective Jan. 24.

The board recommended advertising for a baseball coach and an assistant softball coach.

The voted to hire a Title VII para at $10.40 per hour for up to 2.5 hours per day for the remainder of the school year to work with K-3 math and reading, a Special Ed para at $10.40 per hour for up to 4.75 hours per day for the remainder of the school year. It was noted that this position would be dictated by an IEP.

High School Principal, Wendy Templin gave the high school report and Dean of Students, Lorraine Warden, gave the elementary report before the meeting was adjourned.

The next school board meeting will be March 12 at 6:30 p.m.