Building bids approved

By ANNE KAZMIERCZAK
Register Reporter

HUMBOLDT — Bids for building trades materials were approved by the USD 258 Board of Education Monday. In three cases, only one bid per category was received including those from Dale’s Sheet Metal for installing heating and air systems, Payless Concrete Products of Iola and Northside Plumbing of LaHarpe. Solo bids do not require action from the board, Bob Heigele, superintendent of schools said.
Other bids accepted included building supplies, sans cabinets, from Diebolt Lumber of LaHarpe for $27,418, and K and K Electric of Chanute for $1,080.
Along with the work, contractors are expected to teach students while they are there, Bob Heigele superintendent of schools, said in response to a board query.
“Everybody over there better be giving these kids instruction or they’ll suffer the wrath of Bob,” he said.

THE BOARD accepted the resignation of elementary school cook Teresa Hellman and hired Kay Elder as her replacement.
Automated external defibrillators were purchased for the schools, one each for the three buildings. “We did this because we had a near miss in one of the special education classes last year,” Heigele said.
The devices are found in ambulances at school sporting events and will be on hand for home volleyball games, Heigele said. Between the three buildings, 16 people have been trained to use the AEDs. Board member Dan Weilert said that some students, such as those trained as lifeguards and pool personnel, are also versed in use of the devices. Operation and policy manuals for the defibrillators will be kept at the three schools.

CONSIDERATION of school trips made up a chunk of the meeting.
FFA students will pay their own way to the national conference in Indianapolis, with a one-day sight-seeing stop in St. Louis, Mo. FFA funds plus $150 from each student will pay for the Oct. 21-23 bus trip.
High school seniors interested in going to Washington, D.C. have a bit of fund raising to do, said High School Principal K.B. Criss.
The 15-16 students want to fly to the nation’s capital, then use a charter service to tour historic sites, Criss said.
Students will be responsible for raising funds to pay for four required chaperones, as well. Raising the funds will be “very tough,” Criss said, as “their senioritis is up and their ambition is down.”
If sufficient funds are not raised, “they’ll probably (change their selected destination) to one they can go (to) by bus,” Criss said.
Estimated cost for the trip is $15,000.
“If they can raise the money, I think they deserve to go,” said board member Steve Sellman.

A FEW cases of head lice were reported at the elementary school, said Principal Kay Bolt. Parents were informed of what to look for and “hopefully we won’t have anymore outbreaks,” Bolt said.
Storyteller Richard Pitts will spend next week at the school, thanks to funding by the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Bolt said.
Costumed school children will visit Humboldt nursing homes on Oct. 30.
In the high school, the journalism/publications class has started broadcasting a listing of school events and teacher profiles on local channel 6.
“We’ll eventually end up doing videos and audio recordings,” Criss said. “I eventually see our football games on here, our concerts, forensics. Everything that we do we’ll just take a camera to,” he said.
Criss noted 5 percent of the high school population was out sick last week.
“We don’t have any confirmed cases of H1N1,” said Heigele. “Our investigation indicated these are all normal absences.”
Oct. 21 has been declared bus driver appreciation day by Gov. Mark Parkinson. “I’ll probably take them out to breakfast,” Heigele said of district drivers.
In December, Heigele would like to have an appreciation dinner “in recognition of those people who have made significant contributions to the district in the past couple of years.”
Though a full list of names is not yet available, included will be Jerry Leonard and Janet Leonard, who rebuilt the school courtyard in honor of their father, Community National Bank for donating computers for the schools, and Joe and Janie works of B&W Trailer Hitches for donating the building trades lots.
Heigele said there were still a couple of leaks to deal with, one in the elementary school kindergarten room, “probably because it’s not guttered properly. There doesn’t seem to be any penetration into the roof.” The other is at the entrance to the elementary school.
Heigele noted state revenue was down $67 million last month, which may again affect state per pupil base support.
“Without enrollment up, we’re entitled to a little more money,” Heigele noted, plus, he said, “our free and reduced lunch numbers were up.”
“But,” he cautioned, “if that’s the case across the state, they’ll probably reduce base aid even more.”
Heigele noted the state House Ways and Means committee is meeting this week in Topeka. “Hopefully the financial picture is better than what the talking heads are saying.”