By Anne Homan
On Monday, Jan. 11 the Lennox School District Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting.
Superintendent Chad Conaway noted that last week the District had no Covid cases in any of the buildings and while they have had a couple of new cases introduced this week they are not seeing signs of it getting out of control.
Conaway also noted that school nurses should get vaccines within the month and all other school personnel should receive theirs sometime in February.
“We are not too far away from some resolution to all of this,” said Conaway. “Hopefully most will choose to get it [the vaccine] and we can be done with this pandemic,” Conaway said.
Conaway also gave an update on the Lennox Elementary building project and they are looking to be finished up by Feb. 15, noting they will come back in the spring to finish the playground and some pavement work.
In other news, Junior High/High School Principal Chad Allison said they are getting ready for next school year and look to be adding a few new Fine Arts options for students, including guitar. He also said Ag teacher Brady Duxbury has been a part of a small engine class before and the High School will be actively pursuing six small engines so that second semester next school year, a small engine class can be offered.
High School students will start working their schedules for next school year in February or March.
In the Junior High, the District is looking to add vocal lessons, leadership classes, and a Magic of Electrons class.
“I’m excited for some of these possible changes for next year,” said Allison. “We are actively pursuing grants.”
In other business, the school board accepted the resignations of Tara Drake, Lennox Elementary fourth grade teacher and Rebecca Sletten, halftime Title I aide. They also accepted the resignation of Patrick Purdy, head volleyball coach, contingent on finding a suitable replacement.
New hires included Rebecca Sletten as Lennox Elementary fourth grade teacher and Riley Peters as Preschool aide in Lennox.
Alan Rops was elected to continue as the LAN (Legislative Action Network) member for the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.
The Board also approved the board election date of April 13, 2021.
Conaway presented the board with the first look of the 2021-2022 school calendar. It was similar to what this past year was; the one difference was ending the first semester prior to Christmas break. He plans to present the proposed calendar to the teachers during an upcoming common planning day this month.
The board went into executive session at 6:40 p.m.
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