Students in the Nevis School District who need extra help will get it this summer, following board approval of summer work agreements at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

The summer school elementary summer program for students in grades K-3 will be led by Kristena Benson. The Barton Dyslexic program for students in grades K-5 will also continue this summer, led by Rebecca Goodsell.

Katrina Carrier (English) and Aubrey Capecchi (history) will teach a hybrid summer school from July 8-29 with one day a week at school and the rest distance learning.

The Extended School Year (ESY) program will run six weeks this summer. Students must be in special education and have previously demonstrated a statistically significant drop in reading or math skills during the summer months. This program will be staffed by Leslie Sagen and Joann Stute.

In other action the board:

  • Approved a contract with Howard's Driveway, Inc., the lowest bidder from three contractors for three inches of compacted asphalt on the elementary parking lot, the Foltz garage driveway, and the area around the robotics building at a cost of $29,950.

  • Approved a purchase agreement for the SAVVAS (formerly Pearson) elementary math curriculum. The purchase includes electronic and hard copy student and teacher materials in the amount of $40,203. The purchase agreement allows for the school district to have a site license for all students.

  • Discussed the possibility of giving each student a DVD of the virtual graduation.

  • Briefly discussed what the fall might look like. “It’s all speculation at this point, especially with fall sports,” Parks said. “Bringing kids back into the building, maybe with an A and B schedule, PPEs; we’re starting to work on those pieces. You can plan all you want, but if Round 2 (of the pandemic) happens, it’s back to distance learning.” He said the Minnesota State High School League is looking into the possibility of letting student athletes have some kind of gym time yet this summer.

  • Heard the $250 donation for post prom from the Nevis Federation of Teachers went towards gifts for the seniors since prom was cancelled.

  • Accepted the resignation of bus driver Larry Schoen. Superintendent Gregg Parks said he has been a valuable member of the transportation team since 2013. “He has proven himself as a tireless advocate for the safety of his students,” he said. “Larry plans to retire and move to a warmer region. Thank you Larry for all you have done to get our kids safely to and from school and events for these past seven years. Good luck to you and Reba in retirement.”

  • Reviewed school policies that become effective June 1, including public and private personnel data, employee right to know, drug and alcohol testing, and chemical use and abuse.

  • Called for milk bids and gasoline quotes.

  • Heard the policy committee meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 16 via Zoom.

  • Heard the back to school workshop days for teachers are tentatively set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 22 on Zoom.