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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Insid Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Page 3 • Fun Days -- Frompagel Second Princess was Steffanie Ankrum she received $150 from the Westbrook VFW Club. Miss Westbrook Shiney Her and her court Zua Her, Steffanie Ankrum and Little Miss Mia Koenig will represent Westbrook throughout the coming year. Following the program dancers were able to test their skills at the street dance at the Loose Moose, with "Hicktown Mafia" providing the music. Saturday was a full day of events with Rummage Sales, Crazy Days, Sand Volleyball, Summer Olympics, Bingo and other fun games for kids of all ages. Kicking off the day was a 5K Fun Run- Walk that got people pumping in the early morning. At noon a pedal pull for youngsters was a popular event for spectators and participants. Inflatables in the park was very popular for the youngsters who climbed, jumped, and slid through the kid friendly inflatable obstacles. Also in the afternoon was the Zoo Express featuring several zoo animals for youngsters to touch and feel. The event was sponsored by Sanford Health. Another event was the performance of the drum line, "Sheltered Reality" pro- viding 90 minutes of entertainment. Later in the afternoon the Kiwanis Parade was held with over 75 units. After the parade the fun continued in the park with the bean bag tourney. The Westbrook Women's Club also served Pulled Pork Sandwiches. New this year was Movie Night "Bee" at the high school auditorium at 7:30. Later singers were able to belt out Karaoke tunes at the beer garden with 'TIike B Entertainment providing the tunes. At dusk the town fireworks display was a hit with spectators providing the Oohs and Alas. Sunday morning a community wor- ship was held at Trinity Lutheran Church followed by the Dad's Belgian Waffle feed at the community center. In the afternoon the beer garden opened with bingo and the W.A.V raffle drawing. It was a fun event for all who attended, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year. The Westbrook VFW and American Legion Color Guard presented the colors, marching in the parade Saturday afternoon. School board hears BOLT update report • Mary Schmidt reported on ResPonse to Intervention program Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Shannon Helgeson, who is returning this coming year to teach, is also taking over the BOLT barbecue sauce class. Helgeson has reviewed the program and dis- covered several problems with supply and labeling issues. For the time being she is putting a morato- rium on all sales of the product until the label problems are corrected. Apparently the ingre- dient list is inaccurate on some of the labels. Also the labels are not up to federal specifica- tions and regulations. Helgeson asked the board for an infusion of money to correct the problems so they can attend Farm Fest. She said that is one of the best projects the class does, plus sponsor AURI gives them free display space• She noted previous classes were only using the Quick Books programs to create invoices. However they did not use it to track accounts receivable and other important information. Helgeson discovered there are a number of outstanding invoices from the last two years that amount to about $1,400. She is going to try and collect them, but there is no receipts of delivery so it will be difficult to collect. She hopes that those with outstanding accounts will be honest if they owe the money, and pay it. Helgeson proposed starting a Junior Achievement program. It would be a semi annual program developed by the students. The students would develop a project and see it through from beginning to end. The board thought it would be a good idea to pursue something along those lines. The board also approved additional funding for the BOLT program to make the necessary chang- es to the program. Mary Schmidt talked about using the AIMS web program for Response To Intervention for the elementary school. Schmidt tests all students K-6 to determine their percentile rating in reading. If they fall into the 25 percentile level in testing, she then works with them in small group settings. For instance, kindergarten students are initially tested for letter recognition. They are expected to recognize 16 letters. When they are retested they are expected to know 39 let- ters (upper and lower case). They are also tested for sounding out three letter words. In first grade, students are tested on read- ing short stories. They are timed, and must read at least 22 three letter words per minute. Superintendent Loy Woelber said "the pro- gram is great for keeping kids out of special education." Schmidt said "the goal is to have our stu- dents reading at the 80th percentile." About 25 percent of the students meet the goals in the first year and remain in the regu- lar classroom, but continue to be monitored to see that they are staying above goal. Woelber told the board additional funding will need to be added to the capital outlay budget. One to three thousand for carpet in the district offices, and about seven to ten thou- sand for roof repairs. The board approved the additional funds. High school principal Bill Richards' report was handed out to the board. Summer curriculum work includes math and social studies. The Perpich Center for the Arts awarded a grant of $46,500 over two years to continue activities for area arts instructors but with reductions in assistance to student activities such as activities and mentorships. Richards presented a list of persons han- dling extra curricular activities. Yearbook: Bill Richards and Mary Jo Hendrickson; Fall Musical: Bill Richards and Joyce Madson; Fall Junior High Play: Carolyn Enstad and TBA; One Act Play: Carolyn Enstad and TBA; Spring Junior High Musical: Bill Richards and Aleida Helgeson; Spring High School Play: Adrienne Kletscher and Shannon Helgeson; FFA Advisors: Josh Barron, Doug Lee, and Linda Carter; Student Council: Amanda Dibble; One Nation: Tina Anderson Richards; Knowledge Bowl: Mary Jo Hendrickson. Cottonwood County Sheriffs Department updated its Truancy procedures. Woelber gave the board a budget summary for the 2013-2014 school year. The fund bal- ance for 2012-13 was 2.2 million dollars. A projected deficit of $624,872 drops the 2013- 14 balance to $1,575,128. The deficit is due to boiler expense of $325,000, severance pay- ments of $90,000, enrollment decline $134,872, and school bus purchase $75,000. The board also reviewed the cuts to the music program, and after weighing in several factors of additional travel time needed, the board decided it would be better to wait until the cut could be made from 2.75 FTE to 2 FTE's. At a previous strategy session the board listed priorities for the district. They include: • Creating curriculum and learning oppor- tunities including an emphasis on 21 st century knowledge and skill development. • Continue to develop pre-school pro- grams. • Expect the development of well rounded, tolerant, flexible and open minded students. • Development of community communica- tions that allows for community feedback. • Continue to maintain a conservative approach in fiscal administration of the school district. • Be recognized as a community partner recognizing the impact of the district on our communities. The following items were approved by the school board: • Three year contract with superintendent Loy Woelber upon committee final approval. • Approved hiring special ed instructor Erin Richards for the 2013-14 school year. • Preliminary budget, $6.220,029.21. • District superintendent to get quotes for bread and milk products for 2013-14. • Declare surplus items of chairs and other items for sale. • MREA Membership for 2013-14, $1,265. • Overload correction for Sally Oltmans to $2,063.16. • Resignation of Mary Jo Hendrickson from elementary annual advisor. • Lane Change from BA 30 to BA 45 for Mandy Dibble. • Rescind the motion to reduce music from 2.75 FTE to 2.5 FTE with some reassignment of duties. Dovray Care Jo/nus for a ’.40/Fash/on Home Cooked MI! Now Serving from t t:30m- t.Opm ($07) 274-.$602 r00'ry] We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. 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