SH Schools are ready for new year to begin

JEWELL – With school at South Hamilton set to start for 2013-14 on Monday, the school board heard at its meeting Aug. 12 that things are ready to go.

“It appears that elementary enrollment numbers will be up by double digits,” elementary Principal Paul Hemphill told the board in his report. “We have three new teachers this year, and there are many new students.” Hemphill also said that the schedule is ready.

Enrollment numbers in grades 7-12 are steady now, according to middle school/high school Principal Scott Dryer.

“It’s a wait and see for numbers,” Dryer said.

Athletic director Todd Coy was also at the meeting and reviewed sports information with the board. The fall kick-off for 7th though 12th grade sports is set for Aug. 22. Participants in volleyball this fall will stay at about 30, there are 32 in cross country-including middle school, 42 will participate in football this fall, and Coy said the numbers in cheerleading look to be about the same as last year. There is an opening on the coaching staff for a ninth and junior varsity basketball coach, Coy said

Coy also discussed with the board information he has received recently from the National Association of Athletic Directors regarding a code of conduct for coaches. The board agreed to discuss it further with Coy at the September meeting.

In other business, freshman Hunter Johnson was at Monday’s meeting to discuss with the board a Hawk driveway stencil fundraiser for his silver cord project. Johnson proposes stenciling a 5-foot by 7-foot Hawk on driveways for $50. A two-foot by 3-foot stencil will cost $25. Johnson said that proceeds from the project will be donated to the elementary booster club and to the high school band.

The board gave approval to the project.

In property matters, Superintendent Tim Johnson told the board that he has consulted three architectural firms to do a facilities study. One of those companies will make a presentation to the facilities committee of the board on September 18 regarding such issues as asbestos, locker rooms, science rooms, the school’s heating system.

Board members Kempton Young and Mike Grove are on the facilities committee. They plan to recruit four to five community members to serve on the committee as well.

Although earlier this year the board had decided to do snow removal in house rather than contract it out, on Monday the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to solicit bids for snow removal instead. Johnson said that even though taking care of snow removal in house is cheaper, there is just not enough staff.

The Fruit at School program will continue this year, at a cost of approximately $10,000. Donations of $1,475 were made to the program during last week’s school registration. The school will fund the balance.

Looking at the school lunch program, Hiland was awarded the milk contract for 2013-14, a switch from Anderson-Erickson. With one bid received, Pan ‘O Gold will have the bread contract.

On Monday also gave approved to hire Heather Murphy, special education associate; Alicia Chavira, preschool teacher; and Amy Klemp, ninth grade volleyball.