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Purintun recognized for 40 years of service to school district

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At Monday’s De Smet Board of Education meeting, school business manager Susan Purintun was honored for 40 years of service to the school district.

“We are grateful for and appreciative for her service and amazing track record,” school board president Shane Roth said.

Members of the school board were also recognized and given gift bags to commemorate school board appreciation week.

The business portion of the meeting was short. Barb Asleson gave the Northeast Educational Services Cooperative (NESC) report. The NESC is a special education cooperative serving public schools in northeastern South Dakota.

President Shane Roth gave the Legislative report. He said South Dakota Senate Bill 68 would have allowed a separate school to be created within a district. (The bill would have provided for the creation and funding of Oceti Sakowin community-based charter schools). Roth said it was killed in the Senate.

“Thank goodness for that,” Roth stated, adding that there was no mechanism for control.

Roth also mentioned that De Smet senior Aria Gruenhagen was currently serving in Pierre as a page.

In other business

The board approved motions to:

• Purchase a 2012 Bluebird school bus for $24,000.

• Discontinue Reading Recovery services through NESC. Superintendent Abi Van Regenmorter explained that the program’s rules only allow the teacher to service four students per semester, and by discontinuing the official program, teacher Marlys Larsen can help more students.

“She has the knowledge to help more,” Van Regenmorter noted. “She exceeds expectations.”

• Allow Angela Ostrander to teach community cooking classes in the Family and Consumer Sciences room this summer.

It was also noted that kindergarten screening for the 2021-22 school year will be held on March 5.

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