At last week’s school ISD 319 School Board meeting two local items of interest were addressed, namely, the development of a nine-man football team at the high school and the hiring procedure for the school’s coaches. Director Jeff Sundquist reported, during the time for board comments, that he had met with Superintendent Mark Adams and a student sign up for nine-man football will be made available to the student body. If there is sufficient interest, the issue will come back to the board agenda for action. Concerning the hiring procedure, Director Mary Jane Damjanovich expressed the desire of the board to hire certified teachers for the coaching positions as is the practice around the area.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of technology coordinator Jeff Solberg, whose position was shared with Deer River Schools. The board will seek a replacement, who will work solely with the N-K schools.
• Principals Peter Hardy and Jeff Britten reported that both elementary and secondary students are in the midst of MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) testing.
• Acknowledged grants from the Minnesota State High School League ($2,000) and the State of Minnesota Department of Health ($5,000).
• Approved the annual review of the district’s Family and Medical Leave policy.
• Hired Kyle Giorgi as head boys basketball coach for the 2014-15 school year; Dan Owens and Warren Stolp were hired as co-head girls basketball coaches for the 2014-15 school year. Giorgi, on the teaching staff at Keewatin Elementary, also was introduced to the board.
• Noted that the security fobs continues with the hope of a completion date in the near future.
The next meeting of the ISD 319 School Board will take place May 20 at 6 p.m.