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Meeting will address school safety concerns
The budget seemed to be of little concern Monday evening, as
members of the Superior Board of Education discussed staffing,
security and a new weight room at the regular monthly meeting.
During the public presentation portion of the meeting. Derek Clark and his wife Ashley were present. Derek spoke on behalf of the family in support of hiring an elementary school counselor. He said, "Mental health services, especially at the grade school level would have been beneficial to us, but the need is not unique to our family. Such services would be beneficial to the community. We came to show our support for this type of service."
A significant portion of the board discussion time focused on school safety. Supt. Isom said, "Arming teachers in the state of Nebraska is not an option."
School safety committee members are Kevin Knell, Kevin Miller, Jody Grabast, Bob Cook, Doug Hoins and Charles Isom. When the school safety committee was formed, it's task was to address employee safety especially in relation to Alicap, the school's insurance. Instead of forming a new group to work on student safety, Supt. Isom assigned the task to standing school safety committee.
Some of the things which have been done to address student safety include changing the locks on elementary classrooms from key locks to thumb turn locks, so teachers do not need to find their keys to lock a classroom door. Numbers are on order for all entrances. There are 27 entrances to the school building. In addition, numbers will be added to all classrooms so they protrude into the hallway and are easy to see as one looks down a hallway. High school and junior high numbers will be the 100s and the elementary rooms will be 200s.
The safety committee are using "I Love You" foundation protocols as recommended by the Nebraska Department of Education to all Nebraska school. Standard response protocols include terms like "lock down" which means students are to move away from sight, maintain silence and not to open the door. During a "lock down" teachers are to lock interior doors, turn out the lights, move away from sight, maintain silence and take attendance.
In contrast, during a "lock out" students are to return inside and attend to business as usual. Teachers are to bring everyone indoors, lock perimeter doors, increase situational awareness, attend to business as usual and take attendance.
"Evacuate" means students are to bring their phone, leave their stuff behind and follow instructions. Teacher are to led evacuation to location, take attendance, notify of missing, extra or injured students.
Thursday, city and county law enforcement, firemen and EMTs will be meet with the safety committee. Then all staff will met with the state patrol March 28 for active shooter training. There will be a late start that day.
Matt Sullivan, president, indicated he had asked for a public discussion regarding school safety. He said, "The buzz words are avoid, deny and defend. Statistics indicate it takes seven to eight minutes for an armed response, but he whole event is generally over in three minutes." He suggested the school should consider hiring armed security personnel.
Jamy Sullivan said, "We need to find the problem before it gets to that. Does every student have a safe adult they can talk to. She suggested an elementary school counselor could perhaps help with situations to prevent school violence.
Matt Sullivan responded, "Mentally challenged people do not value life. I do not think any school can say they are immune from it. "
Bob Cook, junior-senior high principal said, "It is not just a school problem, it is a societal issue and there are life skills must teach our students.
Jamy Sullivan continued, "We must teach our students to look for signs and report it. When it gets to the point of killing yourself it is not a moral problem but a metal health problem. There are lots of nonprofit doing training."
The school will be planning age appropriate student drills. The March fire drill will include activities design to assist the administration in planning the new school safety drills.
After principal reports, Matt Bargen , a board member, urged the administration to purchase banners for the elementary gymnasium, not only for the state champions of this winter, but banners for previous state champions. Banners cost between $500 and $600 each. Bargen said, "What is a few thousand, if it inspires one student."
Near the end of the meeting, Kevin Miller, athletic director, reported on the fund raising efforts, he and his brother, Andrew, have pursued to raise private sector money for a new weigh room. Matt Sullivan, board president, said the board had not approved it, but the building and grounds committee had told the Miller family the school could probably contribute $50,000 to $70,000 toward the project, leaving the family to raise $170,000 . The family has 10 days left before the bid on the project expires. Approximately $25,000 more from the private sector is needed. The board announced the will hold a special meeting next Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. to considered the project.
Monthly expenditures from the general fund of $499,068.01 were approved. Supt. Isom said, "There is still no word on the bus. We though we would take delivery last August. "
The consent agenda was approved without discussion. It includes previous minutes, treasurer' report, school activity fund report, receipts summary report and approval of the control budget.
During action items the certified resignation of Dylann Baker, an elementary resource teacher, was accepted. She has served the district for two years. She resides in Deshler, where she has accepted a similar position.
During administrative reports, Doug Hoins, elementary principal, reported 189 parents (96 percent) or the possible 196 attended parent-teacher conferences. However, Bob Cook reported attendance at the junior-senior high parent teacher conference was down. Last spring 54 percent as compared to 47 percent this year. This year's schedule was different and better received by staff.
Cook reported there are 10 students out for boys golf, 10 in high school boys track, 11 girls in high school track, 8 girls in junior high track and 17 boys in junior high track. The first track meet will be Friday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Doane Indoor meet.
Supt. Isom briefly discussed the 5000 policy series. He said, "This series of policies are the most intense. There are six to eight of the policies that still need tweaked." The series addresses attendance, admission, students who reside outside the state, part-time students. option enrollment and related transportation, foreign exchange students, expelled students from other schools, pregnant students, adult education, immunizations, homeless, students, physical and visual exams, testing and assessment, student rights, student records, directory information and many other items related to students.
Supt. Isom expects to have the policy manual, student handbooks and the staff handbook completed before the end of June.
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Isom to Hemingford school system
Outgoing Superior school system superintendent Charles Isom
has accepted the position as superintendent of schools at Hemingford.
Isom has served as the Superior superintendent for 10 years.
Hemingford is located in Box Butte County in the panhandle region of Nebraska. The village has a population of more than 800 residents while the county has more than 11,000 residents. The county seat is Alliance.
The Hemingford school system has more than 400 students enrolled in grades K-12. It has an elementary and high school.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Isom who grew up in the panhandle region.
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Tourism commission adds Superior stop in 2018
The Nebraska Tourism Commission has selected the stops that
will be part of the 2018 Nebraska Passport program and stops in
Edgar and Superior are included.
The goal of the Passport program is to inspire Nebraskans and tourists from other states and countries to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska's tourism destinations. In 2017 a record-setting number of people participated in the program with 469 participants hitting every stop.
"I'm continually amazed by the number of people who are passionate about this program and I'm pleased we can bring it back for the 9th year," said John Ricks, Nebraska tourism executive director. "Each summer these travelers embark on new Nebraska adventures and I know they'll enjoy the destinations listed in the 2018 booklet."
The 2018 Passport will feature 70 attractions in 11 different categories, including animals, sweet treats and outdoors. Travelers will have from May 1 through Sept. 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps.
"The purpose of the Passport program is to help travelers discover Nebraska's hidden gems. 2018 Passport travelers will experience a variety of unique destinations while creating lifelong memories," said Passport program coordinator Erin Wirth.
Passports will be available at participating stops starting May 1 or may be pre-ordered at NebraskaPassport. com.
Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App for their smartphone to get digital stamps, supplementing the physical Passport booklet for convenience. The passport app will be updated with the 2018 information on May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information. To download, search 'NE Passport' in the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.
This year prizes will include: l10 stamps Passport car decal and $15 in Nebraska lottery coupons; l25 stamps - Nebraska Tourism calendar; l45 stamps - Nebraska poster booklet; l70 stamps "Passport Champion" apparel.
All children who participate will be awarded a special Passport surprise. Additionally, there will be drawings for 100+ prizes, including a Butcher's Share from Omaha Steaks, "One Combo Meal a Week for a Year" from Runza, and a year's supply of chocolate from Bakers Candies.
The 2018 Passport stop categories are animals, arts, back in time, coffee, Oregon Trail 175th Anniversary, outdoors, pizza, restaurants, shopping, sweet treats, wine and beer.
The selected sites are (by town): Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, Alliance; Dragonfly Desserts Coffee House and Bakery, Alma; Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland; Gene Roncka Willow Point Gallery and Museum, Ashland; R.F. Goeke Variety and Soda Fountain, Atkinson; Plainsman Museum, Aurora; Bassett Lodge and Range Cafe, Bassett; Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard,
The Black Crow, Beatrice; Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue; The Tarnished Halo, Bridgeport; Pizza Palace, Burwell; Dark Island Trail, Central City; A Pocketful of Rye; Chadron; Chadron State Park, Chadron; Urban Farm Boutique, Columbus;
High Plains Homestead, Home of the Drifter Cookshack & Bunkhouse, Crawford; Corps of Discovery Welcome Center, Crofton; Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, Denton; Sugar Shack Country Candles, Edgar; The Garden Gallery, Elkhorn; Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, Fairbury; Milady Coffeehouse at The May Brothers Building, Fremont; Fill My Cup Coffee Shop, Genoa;
Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon; Lasso Espresso Co., Gothenburg; Wave Pizza Co., Grand Island; Platte Valley Antique Mall, Greenwood; Nissen Winery, Hartington; Hastings Museum, Hastings; Sugar Bee, Hickman; Nebraska Prairie Museum, Holdrege; Iron Horse Food and Spirits, Hooper; Shopping Tripps, and The Archway, Kearney; Windbreak Bar and Grill, Kimball; Mac's Creek Winery, Lexington; Piezano's, Sheldon Museum of Art, Rabbit Hole Bakery, and UNL Dairy Store, all of Lincoln;
Feathers, Lousiville; Loop Brewing Company, McCook; Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Wildwood Historic Center, Nebraska City; Barnstormers Family Bar and Grill, Norfolk; Lincoln County Historical Museum, and Pals Brewing Company, North Platte; Petrified Wood and Art Gallery, Ogallala; Passageway Gallery, River City Star Riverboat, The Durham Museum and Zio's Pizza - Old Market, all of Omaha;
Shamrock Nursery, O'Neill, Herban Coffee Lab, Plattsmouth, A Collective Gathering, Potter, The Flight Deck, Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center: Zoo and Splashpad, Scottsbluff; Bottle Rocket Brewing Co., Liberty House B&B, Antiques and Tiny Tall Grass Tours, all of Seward; Indian Cave State Park, Shubert; Miletta Vista Winery, St. Paul; Superior Estates Winery, Superior; Allsorts Boutique, Sutherland; Taylor Community Arboretum, Taylor; Master's Hand, Tekamah; Peppermill Restaurant, Valentine; 1912 Emporium, Wayne; Red Door Coffee, West Point; and Wessels Living History Farm, York.
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Blaring car horn prompts call to newspaper office
Newspaper offices receive a number of unusual telephone calls.
For example on Monday afternoon one man called to inquire about
changing his daughter's insurance plans. After hearing a detailed
explanation of what he was wanting we were able to interject,
"You are talking to a newspaper office, are you sure you
want to tell us this?"
The call promptly ended with an "excuse me."
A little later we got an equally unusual call but this time the caller really wanted us to hear her story.
The call came from the Showcase, a lighting fixture store located in the former Burlington railroad station in downtown Hastings. While the railroad moved out several years ago, the Amtrack passenger train still stops near the station to load and unload passengers. The driver probably left the car and caught the train.
The Dutton-Lainson Company bought the former train station and now uses it as a showroom for company products.
When the caller reported for work Monday morning, she observed a frost covered automobile parked nearby. Periodically throughout the day, the vehicle's horn had been sounding.
The blaring horn had probably been a bit annoying but the caller said she was most concerned the owner would return from a train trip in the pre-dawn hours and be in a hurry to get back to Superior only to find the vehicle's battery was dead
The caller had tried to determined who the vehicle belonged to and had tried to call without success a telephone number listed in the Windstream directory.
Her description of the vehicle and suspected owner matched with who we suspect was driving the vehicle. The driver is a Facebook friend and so we sent a message giving the good news that she would probably return to Hastings and find her vehicle had a dead battery.
A few minutes later she sent us an electronic thanks but I sensed she was not pleased with the news we had sent.