Mabel-Canton receives great community donation support

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Members of the Mabel-Canton School Board expressed their gratitude for the multiple donations approved as part of the consent agenda at the Tuesday, Oct. 16, board meeting.

Approved were donations of $10,000 from the Mabel Telephone Company to be used for new student laptops and teacher smart projectors; $200 from the Scheie Rebecca Circle to assist students who can’t pay for field trips and school fees or other student needs and a $500 donation from Kevin Fowler to be used for the Cougar history account.

Several donations were received for the elementary milk break fund, including $1,065 from Scheie Lutheran Church, $100 from Big Canoe Lutheran Church and $385 from First Southeast Bank from the proceeds of their Jeans for a Cause event.

Also approved were donations from the Mabel-Canton Booster Club of $200 to be used for library materials and supplies, vacation bible school donation of $110.77 for K-12 students in need, a Thomas P Wunderlich donation of $350 for Laura Vatland’s fourth grade classroom and another donation of $250 for hotel room expenses for the volleyball team trip of Oct. 12.

Principal Michelle Weidemann also reported that the community support of the Tackle Cancer fundraiser yielded $1,680.68.

Website update

There was some discussion as to how to update the website, whether to wait or add as approved.

Since there had been no updates for some time, all policies are being reviewed.

This effort is expected to take the full year to complete, then a third will be revisited annually ongoing for potential updates.

There was no action required.

Principal’s report

Weidemann thanked Lana Hollar for her efforts during college week. The elementary students made school pennants with eight colleges represented. Seniors were able to visit with representatives at the school during the week-long event.

The principal also noted that sports tournaments are beginning, the trap team is still second in the conference and the quarter is drawing to a close.

It was also noted there are 12 students planning to attend the National FFA convention with Garth Brooks to be performing.

MEA will be observed on Oct. 18 and 19, with no school on Monday, Oct. 22, due to staff development scheduling. According to Weidemann, the morning sessions will be HVED accommodation and modification training and de-escalation of situation training. The afternoon will be work time for the staff.

The same arrangement is planned for the January staff development day.

Other business

In staffing issues, the board approved a maternity leave for Abby Henry as well as hiring Paula Snell as district assessment coordinator. Weidemann explained that this position will entail computer entry to manage information for the district and Snell will be paid a flat stipend of $2,500 rather than be hired as a part-time FTE employee.

The board conducted the first reading of the group of revised school policies presented to the board for review.

Student representatives were named, although they were not in attendance. Juniors Payton Danielson and Braydon Gjere were selected by the faculty to fill the roles.

The auction of excess school equipment was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, to be combined with the June Oakes sale.

It is also expected that the audit report will be presented at the November board meeting.

The upcoming School Board meetings will be held on Nov. 20, Dec. 18 and Jan. 15, all at 6 p.m.