Thursday, March 20, 2014

News update for March 20th issue…

Council begins preparing for 2014 construction projects

While the bulk of last week’s City Council meeting was the discussion of Lenkota Acres Addition (as reported in last week’s issue), the board also dealt with other business items.
• Bids were opened for a used truck for the Street Department. One bid was received: a 2004 International 7400 for $49,386, with snow plow and hitch, $64,096.  The Street Committee will review the bid before it is accepted by council. Action on the bid was tabled.
•  Nick Foscheim, director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Association, spoke to the council regarding the association’s partnership with the City.
• A SDDOT Funding Agreement for the Shared Use Path along Highway 44 was approved. The City received a Transportation Enhancement Grant of $490,000 in April of 2013. This funding agreement will allow the SDDOT to move forward with a design contract for the project.

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Special education staff strives to meet increasing student needs

by Erica Gaspar
As increasingly sophisticated screening tools help identify students in need of educational supplements outside traditional classroom work, educators strive to develop individual solutions, often in the form of special education classes, to help kids remain on track to grow beyond their current skill level.
In Lennox, a jump in enrollment in special education classes led Director of Student Services Kristi Wallin to request an additional special education teacher at the elementary school, where the majority of the district’s increase has occurred. The school board approved the request at their March 10 meeting.
Each year, the department’s budget is determined by the previous year’s student tally as of Dec. 1.
As the district’s enrollment continues to climb, the special education program is also experiencing an influx of students. But no matter the number of students, Wallin said, the focus continues to be on providing a quality education that will prepare as many students as possible for life after high school.

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