School Board Holds Regular October Meeting

By Aron Edmonsen
Edgemont’s School Board met on Monday, October 12, at 7 p.m. After general meeting openers, the board went into executive session at 7:05 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m..
Diane Stevens, business manager, reported that she attended the Business Officials Fall Conference in Pierre on September 23 and 24.
Stevens also said she is working with Michael Vech, of the Silverston Company, to compile information on the OPEB (Other Post Employee Benefits) to calculate the figures needed to put into the GASB year end statements.
Ostenson reported that he attended the A.D. meeting in Deadwood and has started on the calendar for next year.
Ostenson stated that homecoming week went off without a hitch and he would like to thank the students and staff for a week of activities and school spirit.
Ostenson has finished all the paper work for the Wrestling Coop with Custer. Custer still has to submit some paper work as well and then the SDHSAA board will vote on the matter in the November board meeting.
Ferley reported as the fall sports seasons start to wind down, it seems like the academic calendar is just getting warmed up. There are so many activities and exciting projects happening in our building, it is just inspiring.
Since school started, students have attended activities for a drama day, a construction camp, and are getting ready for a Scrubs Camp. Students went to Crazy Horse to supplement what they were learning in literature about creation stories; students have gone to both Hot Springs and Whitney Preserve to learn more about conservation.
Teddy Roosevelt came and spoke to all of our students before he spoke in the park. These experiences really give our kids a chance to see the relevance of what they are learning and to have the opportunity to apply skills they have learned in the classroom.
Other activities that Ferley has been working on include talking with teachers about their SLO’s (Student Learning Objectives) for the year, organizing professional development for the rest of the year, and doing what she can to help the special education department.
Cortney reported that the South Dakota Department of Education released the Smarter Balance Test scores to the public from the 2014-15 school year. South Dakota’s secretary of education, Melody Schopp released a statement saying the overall performance on the state assessment exceeds expectation. To view the information you can go to this Department of Education(DOE) website: http://doe.sd.gov/reportcard/listnew/.
Cortney went on to say that he has a complete printed version of the S.T.A.R.S.(Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System) report card also available for viewing and he will be available for questions and explanations for parents and faculty.
In other news:
The school insurance company provided flu shots for the staff on October 5.
September 25 was the Final Count Day which the DOE uses as the number for 2015-16 funding. Because our enrollment decreased this school year, we will be averaging the previous two school years which is 160 students. this would be a minimal loss of State Funding. Enrollment as of October 5 is 147 with 104 in k-8 and 43 in 9-12.
The Fire Department organized many worthwhile activities and presentations for all the students to enjoy and learn about fire prevention on October 8. The Edgemont Schools would like to publicly end a Thank You to the Edgemont Fire Department for all the things they have done for the school and our community.
Becky Peterson was hired as the assistant middle school girls basketball coach.
Dale (Odie) Harris, Matt Soiland, Bob Stevens, George Darrow, Gary Darrow, Jay Darrow, Suzy Ostenson, and Jeff Grill were approved as volunteers for the 2015-16 school year.

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