Board talks signs, referendum

After more than a year in their new location, Hills-Beaver Creek School Board members and administration are working on getting a street sign to direct traffic.

They’d like to put one near the intersection of Highway 270 and Summit Avenue near the west edge of town directing motorists north to the school.

But Highway 270 is a county-state aid roadway, and sign placement involves several layers of government for approval.

Superintendent Todd Holthaus updated School Board members on the sign’s progress during their meeting Monday night.

He said it will cost between $885 and $1,100 per sign, depending on lettering, and would have to be the standard, state-issued blue sign with white, reflective lettering.

By statute, only the state may produce the sign, but the city may share some of the cost with the school district.

Holthaus said he would discuss cost sharing with the city and report back to the board.


Referendum update

Holthaus told the board he and staff are continuing to work through the timeline for the operating referendum vote set for Dec. 18.

The School Board needs to schedule public meetings, and he suggested 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 29.

“I will create a PowerPoint demonstration with much of the information that I shared with board members at work sessions,” Holthaus said.

He said the public meetings would be a time of sharing and public input about the referendum.


Part-time custodian hired

At Monday’s meeting, school board members approved hiring Remington Cain as a permanent part-time custodian.

He will do light custodial work at the end of the day for roughly four hours per day, cleaning classrooms, locker rooms and other areas that need attention.

His pay will be $12.78 per hour, and he’ll qualify for some benefits on a tiered basis.

“How have we been doing it so far,” board member Jim Keuter asked about the custodial work.

Holthaus said it was requiring overtime hours, which ultimately costs the district more money.

In other business the 

H-BC School Board: 

•Accepted donations. $300 from Barry and Tami Bork, Chris and Jodi Harnack and Dan and Marie LaRock toward rental of charter bus for the Oct. 12 football game. $1,000 from Fritz Nuffer for Hills-Beaver Creek Foundation. $1,300 from Exchange State Bank for girls’ basketball warm-ups. $500 from Ray Vander Wolde for the Hills-Beaver Creek Foundation.

•Approved 14 weeks of maternity leave for Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Tanya Metzger from approximately Nov. 19 through March 13.

•Set dates for Parent Teacher Conferences (Oct. 25 and Nov. 1) and Fall Awards Banquet (Nov. 12).

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