The Mabel-Canton School Board became complete once again with the newly appointed members taking their oath of office during last Tuesday’s meeting.

Diane Wilder, appointed at the September meeting, and Lizzie Hershberger, appointed at the October meeting, recited the oath of office and were now able to be active members of the standing board.

Also introduced were the new student representatives, Maddy Michels and Drew Wyffels.

Michels spoke about her recent experience at a leadership conference in Rochester, where she and other representatives from the school attended on the recommendation of the Mabel-Canton teachers.  She also mentioned that volleyball is now ending and the basketball season is starting with only a one-week break.

Wyffels was unable to attend due to a conflict with basketball practice.

The board extended congratulations to the fall athletes in both football and volleyball for their progress through the playoffs.

Dean of students report

Michelle Wiedemann, dean of students and interim administrator, reported on the school’s recent activities, including sports awards, 90 Club and the Veteran’s Day programs, all of which were very well attended. She also commented that the students are top notch and respectful and all the speakers were very good. 

Wiedemann also stated that the sixth graders are participating in a learning opportunity at the Heritage Center in Spring Grove, from Nov. 1 through Jan. 30, 2018.

Superintendent report

Superintendent Gary Kuphal gave his report, outlining his goals for the district as well as progress in different aspects of district matters.

Kuphal stated the negotiations committee had given their proposal to the faculty and would be meeting with the teachers’ committee after the regular meeting to further discuss the progress in that area.

There was discussion on board member attendance at the January 2018 State School Board Conference.  Kuphal stated the regular conference was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12, with training opportunities on the preceding Tuesday and Wednesday for board members.  Some of the board members expressed their interest in attending the training sessions. 

Kuphal also stated that he had met with each board member and will be compiling information received, to be presented later.

He also stated there may be meetings in the future with both the Mabel and Canton City Councils to discuss possible common goals for growth and how to jointly reach them to the advantage of both towns and the district.

Also mentioned was the development of a facilities needs plan and possible establishment of a facilities committee.

Snow removal bids

The bid from Karl Vang for $60 per hour was approved for snow removal on the school grounds for the upcoming winter.  It was noted that Vang had assisted his grandfather in the past.

Vang will be meeting with Neil Folstad to clarify policy and areas to be cleared and where the snow should be placed for storage. It was also noted that there is a 7 a.m. completion time for the removal from parking areas and bus drop off area, as well as where the snow removed will be placed.

Vang will also be required to provide proof of liability insurance.

There was one other bid received from Trever Falck for $90 per hour. Falck had done the removal for the 2016-17 school year.

Financial report

The district’s budget overview was presented by Aimee Lake who noted the district is on track.

Lake stated that the revised budget will be presented in January, 2018.

Bills for the district were also reviewed and approved, with it being noted that the fall athletics were within budgeted expense allowance.

Other business

The board accepted donations from the Mabel Lions Club of $200 for basketball banners; the Mabel-Canton Booster Club of $178 for the volleyball pep band/fan bus; and from the American Legion Post 299 – Mabel of $250 for athletic banners.

The board approved hiring Lonnie Morken and Laura Vatland as co-girls’ c-team basketball coaches; hiring Paul Tollefsrud as the boys’ b-team basketball coach; hiring Dan Tweten as a long-term sub paraprofessional for Tanya Kidder and hiring Kati Bergey as the Math Wizards Advisor.

It was also noted the Truth in Taxation meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6:01 p.m., followed by the regular monthly meeting.

Student winter break will be from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2018.