USD 410 receives generous donations

The USD 410 board held their monthly meeting on Nov. 14 where they learned of recent generous donations. The following donations were all given to the school district this semester:

Barkman Honey gave $800.00 for HMHS Site Council Projects

Midway Motors gave $1,750.00 for HES Site Council Projects

Casey’s General Stores gave $250.00 for HES Site Council Projects

Jill Larson gave $42.34 for HES Site Council Projects

Kroger gave $130.65 to HES Site Council Projects

Enel Green Power NA, INC gave $85,050.00 for Undesignated

An anonymous gift of $150.00 was given to the Archery Club

The board discussed a request from Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church for the use of two buses for the Southern District Youth Conference on Nov. 19, 2022.

“The Southern District will cover the cost of bus miles and the drivers for this request,” said Superintendent Clint Corby.

The board unanimously approved the request.

Corby brought up new COVID-19 protocols.

“The CDC has changed requirements that after a positive test you can remove a mask sooner if you test negative,” said Corby.

He recommended adding the following language to the positive case section of the USD 410 COVID-19 Protocols document: “If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.”

The recommendation was unanimously approved.

The board learned of an abundance of old furniture/equipment that has not been used in years.

“I would like to ask the board for permission to throw away items that are no longer usable and sell the other items through Purple Wave. The furniture/equipment is all in storage in the bus barn and the

space could be used for keeping vehicles indoors. We will keep items that will still be of use to us,” said Corby.

The board voted to authorize Corby to discard old furniture/equipment as needed and utilize Purple Wave to sell all other items.

Corby and the board discussed a staff funding agreement between USD 410 and Tabor College.

The Superintendent explained that the athletic facilities maintenance, custodial and grounds care, staffing and equipment used for the care of the Athletic Facility will be provided by the college. Funding for these costs will be equally shared by the district and the college. A value equal to a full-time position including wages and benefits (Social Security, retirement, health insurance and tuition remission) based on the college’s standard compensation policies pertaining to a Maintenance Department position will be agreed upon by both entities annually.

“Reimbursement to the college for one-half of the value of the full-time position will be made directly to the college from the district through systematic billings as agreed upon annually. Hourly rates will be agreed upon by the entities for equipment owned by the college used to maintain the facility such as tractors, implements, vehicles, etc,” said Corby. “The district will reimburse Tabor College for one-half of the agreed upon hourly rates of such equipment and Tabor College will provide an accounting of use of such equipment for the Athletic Facility.”

The motion was unanimously approved.

In other business, the board:

n approved the following supplemental contracts:

Autumn Hardey – Middle School Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach (0.85 FTE); Lester Barber – High School Assistant Wrestling Coach

n approved Esther Jewell for the position of Elementary School After-School Aide effective Oct. 24.

n approved activity trip bus driver rates effective Nov. 14.

Corby said, “Sometimes a bus driver will make less driving for an activity than they do for driving a

regular route. I recommend bus drivers receive the higher of their regular route bus driving pay or the activity trip bus driving rate of pay when driving for an activity trip. This is under the same premise that a night custodian has a higher pay because the hours are more inconvenient.”

n accepted the resignation of Jennifer Moss as Preschool Aide effective Nov. 18.

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