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South Barber to start After School Supper Program, coach named, full-time cook selected


November 13, 2019

The board table was loaded at the November meeting of the South Barber (USD 255) Board of Education Monday night. All members were present when President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order including: Melissa Simpson, Ryan Molz, Mike Miller, Mariah Doherty, Deb Helfrich and Bryan Quick. Student board non-voting member Adrienne Allison also sat at the table. Newly elected member Jenna Mostert attended the meeting as well. Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer was present as was assistant elementary principal Kaynette Scheck. Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller and Board Clerk Julie Johnson also sat at the head of the board table with Pollock.

This year the school is using Keystone Food Service. Keystone's part-owner Brett Feeback attended the meeting to discuss the current implementation of an After School Supper Program. USD 255 qualifies as the district has at least 50 percent of enrolled students qualify for free and reduced price meals. So there is no charge to the district for these extra meals available to all students in this government program that is reimbursed by the feds.

Feeback spoke of “food insecurity” (students not knowing where their next meal will come from) and said that affects about 15 percent. In SB's case that amounts to 30-35 students. He said research shows productivity is better on a full stomach.

Administrators are working around scheduling for this extra meal to be served late in the day. At the elementary students must eat this “super snack” that meets a meal requirement in the cafeteria, he explained. At the high school it's a “grab and go scenario.” The food is not to be taken home for various reasons.

Student rep Allison told the board she thinks the After School Supper Program would benefit the school as “kids are always hungry.”

Following an executive session, the board approved implementing the program. It will take a full time employee. The board approved hiring Amanda Olson who is a part-time cook at the elementary. She will become full time by preparing the super snack.

Dr. Miller said the After School Supper Program will kick off this Thursday.

Hirings and Open Positions at South Barber

The superintendent said USD 255 needs a bus driver and a junior high assistant boys basketball coach.

The board approved hiring William Matthew Murphy as the SBHS Lady Chieftains basketball coach.

Mark Johnson was approved as the transportation and building and grounds director.

As discussed at a previous board meeting, the board approved creation of a District/Community Weight Room Supervisor position. The position will pay an $8,200 stipend.

A revised district calendar for 2020-21 was approved. The superintendent said some of the considerations regarded parent/teacher conferences and fall break.

In board comments, Helfrich said she had someone approach her regarding the junior high Tornado mascot and blue and gold colors. That person would like to see the colors and mascot match the high school. They said it would be more cost effective.

Student Achievements and Upcoming Events

The SB Chieftains are 9-1 on the season and are District and Regional Champs of 8-man Division II Football. They host Osborne High School Friday in a game at 6 p.m. Osborne's record is 10-0 and they were state runners-up last year.

If the Chieftains win “Sectionals” Friday night, they will play the following Friday in Sub-State, which is one game away from the state championship.

The public is invited to a pep rally in the gym at 3:10 p.m., Friday.

Shaffer congratulated Nora Gugelmeyer on receiving All-League Volleyball honors.

In FFA news, in Poland Angus Judging the A Team placed 10th. FFA Pals starts Nov. 18. The FCCLAA had a little buddies event for Halloween. A father/daughter dance for grades 4-5 is planned for Dec. 1 at the elementary.

The mini cheer clinic performance is at the first home basketball game Nov. 30.

The principal and superintendent complimented vocal teacher Cathy Cox on her students fall concert and their performances at the Veteran's Day Program.

Superintendent Miller congratulated Kindergarten Teacher Connie Rooks for being selected Teacher of the Year at the elementary by her peers.


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