By Ruth E. McCleerey
With all members present (Chair Cyndee Chesley, board members
Roland Schroeder, Rick Gillund, Sandi Bartholomay and Dan Billing),
the short agenda was dealt with in almost record time. The meeting began
at 6:00pm on Monday, December 9th and ended at 6:38pm. Also attending
the meeting were Superintendent Tom Rettig, business manager Tammy
Boeder, principals Brian Midthun and Tim Michaelson, faculty members
Brooke Jodsaas and Janet Midthun and Enderlin Independent reporter Ruth
The board discussed when to have a board retreat to discuss more
lengthy issues such as building maintenance, budget and taxation, transportation
and student achievement. It was decided that they would set Wednesday, January
29th as their first special meeting retreat.
They also, at this time, discussed possible changes on next year’s school
calendar. Previously a staff inservice day had been scheduled to take place the day
before the Thanksgiving holiday. Rettig also informed the board that the North
Dakota School Board Association is stressing the importance of building storm
days into the end of the school. The board opted to deal with calendar issues at
their January meeting.
Also in unfinished business, it was decided to go ahead and designate the
main door of the school as the camera buzzer system entrance. Also decided
was to wire the door on the ground level gymnasium door, should handicap
access be necessary during the school day. These decisions were made this evening
because the Homeland Security funds for this system will be installed soon.
The principals had submitted written reports. In Michaelson’s report, the
success of the school’s One Act Play students and the Volleyball team scholastically
was congratulated. Both teams received the North Dakota High School Activities
Association Team Scholar Awards. Teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or
better. One Act had a 3:33 GPA and the volleyball team had a 3.40 GPA.
The annual Voice of Democracy finalists and winners were commended. Gavin
Aspelund was first, Josey Gruba, second and in third and fourth place were Nikki
Bartholomay and Sara Rettig. He also announced the Patriot’s Pen winners. They
were Twyla Gross, first, Madison Bartholomay, second, and third and fourth place
winners were William Egan and Dakota Worrell.
Michaelson also reminded students and parents to check the school’s PowerSchool
grade on a daily basis. He reported that any concerns should be taken up with the
Student Services office or principals.
Midthun’s report was also full of commendation for student and faculty activities.
The Junior High student council’s planning of spirit activities for grades K-8, Student
Opportunities Academic Rewards (S.O.A.R.) intramurals and incentives for grades 5-8,
and the council, while meeting two to three times a month are learning the committee
process for making decisions.
Midthun also reported that the Kids Chorus went to West Fargo and Fargo on
December 6th to perform; and the Enderlin Elementary students are currently working
on a Community Service Project with Maryhill Manor, and will be providing holiday
baskets for the residents.
Midthun, in his athletic report, shared that the Junior High Girls Basketball had twelve
students in grades 7 and 8, fifteen in High School Girls Basketball, twenty-four in High
School Boys Basketball, five in Wrestling, and fifty-seven in Speech. Midthun said that
the plan is to move five 8th graders up when their season is over, and reported that the boys
will have ten C-Squad games scheduled.
Midthun told the board that only eight parents attended the winter Sportsmanship
meeting and he plans to have only one meeting next school year, and require that parents
not able to attend this meeting, complete the NFHS online parent involvement course.
Chesley reported that she had shared the board’s job evaluations with Rettig. The
board thanked Rettig for his work and he said he would welcome any suggestions at any
time. The board approved the evaluation.
The board also made some meeting date changes due to conflicts on their normal
meeting date, the second Tuesday of the month. In January the board voted to meet on
January 13th, February 10th and March 12th.
In Rettig’s report, in written form, he shared that the mill levy final numbers have
not changed. The total taxable valuation is $12,391,846, with 60 mills received for the
general fund, 10 mills for the building fund and 8.34 mills for the sinking and interest
fund for a total of 78.34 mills in comparison to 128.44 mills last year.
A child nutrition report was received from the Department of Public Instruction with
only one improvement recommendation. It was to include water with the breakfast program.
Rettig also reported that the side baskets for the Alumni Gym have arrived and also the
banners for the East Gym and hopefully will be hung during the Christmas break. He also
received notification that the activity bus should be delivered soon.
In final business, Rettig told the board that Lisbon Superintendent, Dr. Steve Johnson,
is asking school administration and board members to participate in a student that examines
perceptions from school districts that reorganized between the years of 2000 and 2010. The
board agreed to participate.