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Rugby School Board discusses calendar changes and general funding

By Staff | Feb 17, 2017

The Rugby Public School District 2017-18 calendar has been amended because of an extra day found in May. The day will be moved to March 29, 2018. School will not be in session on that day.

A proposal has been made to move Ely Elementary’s spring Parent/Teacher Conference dates, which would be held mid-January if accepted.

The district’s general fund is about $26,000 less than it was at this same point last year, according to Business Manager Dawn Hauck’s financial report. The shortage is due to Title 1 funding, which was given to the district earlier in February. The funding was given in January of last year, which is why the difference is shown in this year’s report. The balance should be caught up by the end of the month once the Title 1 funding shows in the account.

School board elections will be held in June, as both the terms of president and vice president are at their end this year. Current president, Kris Blessum, and current vice president, Carlie Johnson, would like to run for their positions again.

The board will be completing the superintendent’s evaluation during the week of February 27, as evaluations are due by March 15. The results will be discussed with Superintendent Mike McNeff at the March school board meeting.

During McNeff’s superintendent’s report, Community Leadership Day was discussed. “It was a great opportunity for our community leaders and students to come together,” he said.

As McNeff is on the Rugby Job Development Authority board, he gave updates on current JDA operations. The board is currently in the process of looking to fill the empty executive director position, as well as discussing the new loan forgiveness program being offered to young professionals in Rugby.

The Lone Tree Special Education Unit is looking at hiring another school psychologist, according to McNeff. Details are still being discussed.

Students from both Ely Elementary and RHS attended the Velva Music Festival on Wednesday, February 15, where the choir and band participated. Ely students also attended the Minot Symphony Orchestra Friday, February 17. Fourth through sixth grade students will be taken to Al Wentz Arena next Friday for ice skating, a first at Ely.

Jump Rope for Heart, an event to raise money for the American Heart Association, is showing to be a success again this year. Ely raised almost $18,000 last year, a goal the school is hoping to accomplish again.

Reading month at Ely is in full swing, with a minions theme. “There are a minion reasons to enjoy reading,” is the motto for this month.

Principal Jason Gullickson also reported that the new playground equipment that was installed at the start of the school year is getting as much usage during the winter as it did in the warmer months.

Students from both Ely and RHS will be participating in the Pierce County Spelling Bee, which will be held Wednesday, February 22 at 4 p.m. in the RHS auditorium.

The West Region Hockey Tournament started Thursday in Bismarck, as did the wrestling state tournament in Fargo. Six Rugby wrestlers advanced to the state tournament. Girls basketball advanced to regionals, which will be held Monday, February 20 in Minot. Boys basketball district tournament will be held Friday, February 24-27 at RHS.

RHS students are preparing for preregistration and class scheduling, which will take place at the beginning of March.

The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, March 14 at 7 a.m. in the RHS board room.

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