H-BC Board prepares for December vote, makes hires

Board members checked off several steps in preparation for the Dec. 18 special operating referendum election.

They established a ballot board, polling places and election judges.

This information will be sent to 1,200 district addresses, along with an official notice of the election and ballot.

Holthaus stressed that the biggest issue the board faces is ensuring the public understands agricultural land is taxed on the value of the house, the garage and one acre of land.

Residents should have received an informational packet last week. If not, they can reference the material on the district’s website at www.hbcpatriots.com.


Board canvasses votes

The board canvassed the votes from the general election on Nov. 6. Three terms were set to expire.

Based on the votes canvassed, the seats will be filled by incumbent Jim Kueter and challengers Karin Moser and Amie Fick.

Longtime board members Gary Esselink and Ann Boeve will finish their final terms this year.

Chairman Esselink read the resolution to canvass the votes and congratulated Kueter, Fick and Moser.

Before the meeting closed, board member Harley Fransman read a note he had written regarding the service of Esselink and Boeve.

He said, “I want the public to realize what they are losing.”

He went on to comment on their “experience and loyalty.”

The note referenced their time and sweat of the past two years.

“They will be missed drastically by the board and the residents.”


Personnel issues:

•A halftime unpaid leave of absence was approved for Michele Baker. The leave was granted, at her request, based solely on recent health concerns.

Baker teaches first grade. For the past month she had been teaching in the morning. Substitute Amy Lysne has been filling in during the afternoon.

The leave will continue through to the end of the school year.

The board hired Lysne as a halftime elementary teacher to replace the vacancy created by Baker’s leave of absence. The position began Nov. 19 and continues to the end of the school year.

•Haley Tollefson was hired as the Horizons Teacher for two hours per week at the elementary school.

•Marie LaRock was hired as a halftime Early Childhood Special Education substitute during Tanya Metzger’s maternity leave. Metzger will return in March.


In other board news:

•Bus 2 had major engine work done this month and required a tow. Holthaus said the estimate for repairs was around $700. 

•Students at the elementary school raised $1,091 for the American Diabetes Association during their physical education classes in November.

•Fransman reported that the Future Farmers of America has donated the grass seed, cement and poles for the new parking area located on the southeast corner of the lot.

Additionally the group purchased five new computers.

•The board recognized the following individuals and teams at the meeting: Alyssa Allen and Seth Glidewell for being selected to represent H-BC at the ACDA Choir event, Amanda Crawford, Noah Holthaus, Billy Horsman, Meghan Leuthold and Carey Taubert for participating in the Augustana Band Festival, and the fall sports teams for the success. They also recognized 2004 H-BC graduate First Lieutenant Trey Van Wyhe for being chosen to be the first non-University of Minnesota football player to lead the team out of the tunnel for their game on Saturday, Oct. 27.

•The following donations were accepted: $2,000 from the Luverne Optimists Club for Community Education basketball, baseball and softball programs; $2,000 from Wendell and Kathryn Erickson for the H-BC Foundation; and a snare drum kit and a set of concert bells for the school’s band program from Dennis and Vonda Klarenbeek. The board also accepted a to-be-determined donation from the Exchange State Bank. The bank funded Pastries with Parents and Grandparents/Special Person’s Day lunch.

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