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New elementary addition given green light

School decides on memorial for Marv McCune

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The De Smet Board of Education held a regular meeting Monday. The meeting lasted eighteen minutes.

The De Smet School District has acquired another property. Just west of the gravel parking lot is a small, two-story blue house on 3rd Street SW. Current plans are that the gravel parking lot will be the elementary building, and the newly acquired property will become a playground area for the elementary school. The main entrance for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School will be on the north side facing 3rd Street.

The new elementary addition will be built adjoined to the west side of the high school campus. The schools will share the cafeteria, library and gyms. The addition will centralize all classes on the current high school and junior high campus. No plans have been finalized on the use of the current elementary campus.

Costs and finances involved have not been released, since the plans are still in the early planning stage. When that information is released, we will share it as soon as possible.

Several ideas for the Marv McCune Memorial Project had been discussed, but the idea favored by his family, school staff and those who knew McCune, was also approved by the school board. His name will appear on both sides of the basketball court’s floor. The school’s Booster Club has already donated $5,000 for the memorial, and the school district will be raising money. Previous classes, including the class of 2021, have made pledges to fund the memorial.

The school received only one bid for their requested School Vehicle Service Bid. It was O’Keefe’s, and most bids for bus service were the same as last year’s bid, with a few $5 to $10 higher in some cases.

High school and junior high principal, Andy Armstead, gave his principal’s report. He reported that the first quarter of school was over on Oct. 20, 2021, and Parent/Teacher Conferences were held Oct. 25. School staff reported the conferences were well attended.

Isabella Fields, Shelby Sattler, Samuel Gigov and Payton Botkin attended All-State Chorus Oct. 29-30 with Mr. Krekelberg. Their performance was ranked as outstanding.

The Middle and High School Christmas Concert is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

The midterms for the second quarter are Nov. 18.

Oral Interpretation qualified three students to head to the regional contest, which will be held on Nov. 16 at the De Smet Event Center. Matthew Rusche qualified with Humorous, Willem Lim in Poetry and Sophia Gigov in Serious Reading.

The school’s Veterans Day Program was held at 10:30, Wed., Nov. 10 in the Armory, with guest speaker Tom Johnson, a retired Army Ranger.

In the elementary school, Superintendent Abi Van Regenmorter reported that they are in the middle of wellness screenings.

Activity Director Becky Geyer reported to the school board that fall sports are over, and attention is now focused on winter sports. Wrestling will begin practice Nov. 15, girls basketball on Nov. 22 and boys basketball on Nov. 29.

Geyer reported the first team sales netted the school approximately $1,200, and with the winter sports starting, they will open the team sales again.

The school board also approved the resignation of Tracy Boldt as assistant volleyball coach.

The board then went into executive session for personnel. No motions or actions were taken after the session, and the meeting was adjourned.

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