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School board approves superintendent contract

RONAN — At a Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved the contract for Superintendent Andy Holmlund until 2013. Holmlund’s contract was extended from two years to three years.

Indian Education Coordinator Leslie Caye presented the Mid-Year Indian Education Report and officially opened up the two week period in which members of the Indian community can make comments on the report. The Indian Education Report is the culmination of the most recent data that is required by board policy. The comments will be reviewed by the school administration. 

Caye holds a Public Forum for the Indian Education Report every third Wednesday of the month at the Late Louie Caye Building at Salish and Kootenai College in Pablo and at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center. 

The school board also called for a trustee election for three vacant positions. Board members Dan Salomon and Chris Lynch are up for re-election. Lennie Hales, a trustee appointed by the school board, will also be running. The election will take place on May 4, 2010 at the Ronan Community Center. 

Three elementary science teachers were approved to take a professional leave of absence on March 17. Kathy Smith, Lorey Jackson and Charla Lake, members of the Big Sky Science Partnership will attend the National Science Teachers Conference. The conference will include different types of workshops for different science levels and will be held in Philadelphia. Big Sky Science Partnership is funding the trip for the three teachers and Indian Education Coordinator, Leslie Caye has offered to pay for their airfare out of the Indian Education budget. 

The board also unanimously approved Ghost Out for the Ronan High School. Ghost Out is a program that takes a stance against drinking and driving. Supported by the Lake County Sheriff’s office, the day long event will be held on March 18, 2010. A student will be pulled of class every 15 minutes and will not be allowed to speak to their peers or socialize. One student every 15 minutes correlates to a national statistic of one person dying every 15 minutes from drinking and driving. 

“It’s very intense and that’s what makes it really good for the high school students to see,” school resource officer Jay Gillhouse said. 

In the superintendent report, Holmlund noted that he was pleased to see the community utilizing the facilities, and said that he saw a group of people playing a pre-Super Bowl football game on Sunday.

The Ronan Performing Arts Center should be completed by the middle of March, Holmlund said. He also commented that presently they are installing trim around the windows and installing the back of house fire door.  The security system is already in place.  

Holmlund mentioned that with the increase in property tax, it will be interesting to see how the new revenue will compare to last year. 

The next Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. 

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