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Last day of school set for May 21; Graduation May 15

On Monday, April 12 the Lennox School District Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting.

The meeting began with a public hearing on the minor boundary change with the Sioux Falls School District. There were no public comments.

Lennox City Librarian Audrea Buller and Library Board President Becky Beringer were present to give the board thanks for their support throughout the school year. They spoke about the summer library program and noted it is still their intent to require masks when social distancing isn’t possible.

The board then heard from Superintendent Chad Conaway. Conaway was happy with the low number of Covid-19 cases being reported by the district, noting last week they reported only two. He also pointed out that staff members are getting vaccinated, with current numbers being ten fully vaccinated, 48 having received their first dose, 18 scheduled for their vaccine and 14 indicating they have no intention of receiving the vaccine.

Conaway also pointed out that although the district is low in cases, Lincoln County is still in substantial community spread and the school will continue with their Covid-19 protocols.

He also addressed the board regarding Covid relief funds the District has received. Some of the funds have gone to PPE, computers, an activity bus, and the summer recovery program planned for this summer to help students who need the extra support. New funds that have come in have been earmarked for air quality improvement in some of the schools. Conaway pointed out that the district will probably receive another $700,000, which they might use to continue to address learning regression.

The board heard from building principals starting with Darin Eich, LWC Intermediate and Elementary principal. Currently the students at the Intermediate are beginning their Smarter Balance testing; he noted the Elementary started last week. They are also planning two Spring concerts. April 19 will be the 3rd and 4th grade concert and April 26 will be the 5th and 6th grade concert; each family will receive four tickets to attend. Field trips are being planned with outdoor activities the focus.

Kim Poppenga-Smith, Worthing Elementary principal, said the teaching garden is now starting to take shape. The students at Worthing Elementary will begin their testing on April 19. Field trips are also being planned at Worthing for April 28. The 1st through 4th grade Spring concert is scheduled for May 13 and Kindergarten graduation is set for May 20.

Chad Allison, Jr. and Sr. High School principal, spoke about the successful prom held this past weekend. Students in the high school are finishing up testing and will be receiving their schedules for next year by week’s end. He also noted that a sixth grade parent meeting is being planned for the incoming seventh graders. Academic awards night is scheduled for May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Cafetorium, followed by a band concert at 7:30 p.m.

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