By L.L. Johnson
Moving to a single district, nine-man football team in Nashwauk-Keewatin appears to be an idea that, at least for now, has too many obstacles to overcome.
At last week’s NK School Board meeting, Director Ron Smith spoke to the board and those in the audience concerning the recent push by some local residents for a nine-man football team at the high school. After speaking with representatives from the State High School League, Smith said he believes it would be difficult for the school to support a team with a sufficient number of players. Another obstacle to forming a nine-man team is the district’s current agreement with Greenway. The two districts now have a contractual term of at least two years before either school could move in a different direction.
Coach Bob Schwartz spoke to the issue on behalf of the players and noted they are not so concerned about what field or what team, they just want to play. Schwartz encouraged the community to support the team. The GNK Titans will field a team this fall.
Other items of business addressed by the board included:
• Principal Peter Hardy reported that Keewatin Elementary School will implement standards-based grading for grades one through six beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The grading system has been used in the kindergarten for the past two years.
• Principal Jeff Britten told the board that the annual Awards Day for NKHS seniors was quite successful with more than $60,000 given in scholarships. Initial scores for grades seven and eight from the MCA math testing are in and the scores looked quite respectable. NKHS graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
• Action was taken to terminate and non-renew the teaching contracts of two probationary teachers. Both teachers will be notified of the board’s action.
• Approved a resolution for membership in the Minnesota State High School League.
• Discussed a payroll services agreement with ISD 318, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. For a cost of $17,500, payable in two payments during each year of the contract, N-K Schools would purchase payroll processing services from Grand Rapids School District. Such services would include but would not be limited to: process payrolls, process withholdings, process leave, reconcile payrolls, and process and file state and federal quarterly tax returns. The proposed agreement, however, failed to win majority approval when a vote ended in a three to three tie.
• The board approved the retirement of Greg Clusiau, custodian, effective May 30.
• The hire of an academic interventionist for the high school, effective Aug. 26, at $62,827/year was not approved.
• Approved the resignation of Michaelyn Hurlbut, cafeteria supervisor.
• Approved an agreement with Pat Tucci, assistant to the Activities Director.
• The contract agreement to hire Chadd Niles as computer technician for the school district was approved, effective June 9.
The next regular meeting will take place on June 17.