Nevis School gears up for fall
Nevis School is winding up summer activities and getting ready to start the new school year.
Principal Brian Michaelson shared what’s on the schedule with the school board Monday night. The fall sports rules meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 in Tiger Arena.
Kinder Camp for students entering kindergarten this fall will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Aug. 22-24.
An open house for students in grades 7-12 will be Wednesday, Aug. 31. A special orientation session for seventh graders will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. that evening, followed by a session for students in grades 6-12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Their first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 6.
A meet-and-greet event for students entering pre-K to sixth grade will be from noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 by appointment. The first day of school for students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be Thursday, Sept. 8. The first day of school for preschool students will be Sept. 12 or 13, depending on their attendance schedule.
Cell phone use changes
The board also approved the parent/student handbook which included a change in the policy regarding student cell phone use. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will no longer be allowed to use cell phones.
Students in grades 6-8 will be allowed to use cell phones in the morning before school starts, during lunch and after school. For high school students, cell phone use will be at teacher discretion.
Free and reduced meals
Parents are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced lunch application. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to pre-K and School Readiness students. The price for meals for older students has not yet been determined.
The board approved a contract for the 2022-23 school year with Mel Buckholtz for the position of community education coordinator. The position is approximately 20 hours per week with a salary of $21,566.
The board also approved continuing the contract with Buckholtz for the cultural liaison position, which is funded through a state grant for a salary of $19,945, a 3% increase.
Scott Bischoff was approved as a regular route bus driver beginning this fall. He has been a substitute bus driver for the district since last spring and has helped out with summer school routes.
The board also approved the retirement of Lisa Kriens, an educational assistant in the district’s early childhood program.
Long term facility maintenance plan
The school board approved a 10-year Long Term Facility Maintenance plan. LTFM funds are a combination of aid and levy to allow the district to focus on the physical plant of the school without using revenues focused on educational programming.
The revenues for this year are $244,036 and expenses are expected at $237,500. The building committee met in May and developed the 2032 plan. For planning purposes, 2030 will have estimated revenues of $261,090 with estimated expenditures of $249,500.
In other action the board:
- Accepted donations totaling $12,538 dollars that included $5,000 for the robotics program from Charities Foundation America, $2,000 for a sound barrier from Nevis PTA and $1,000 from the Park Rapids Rotary, $1,500 for Hands on Math from Itasca Electric Cooperative, donations of $646 each from the Nevis PTA for Tiger Time, Elementary Achievement and the elementary special education program, an anonymous donation of $600 for the track program and $500 from Itasca Mantrap Electric Company to enhance social emotional learning.
- Accepted bids from Northwoods Grocery for fuel and Prairie Farms for milk.
- Adopted a resolution for the Nov. 8 general election to elect three school board members for four-year terms and one school board member for a two-year term.
- Approved changes to the staff handbook.
- Heard that the district had a cash balance of $2,870,843 as of June 30.
The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 (previously scheduled for Aug. 22). A listening session with one board member present will be held in the cafeteria from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.