Published On: Wed, Oct 19th, 2011

HPS School Bd. hears update on construction

HARTINGTON — Supt. Randy Anderson gave board members an update on several small construction projects during the Oct. 17 Hartington School Board meeting.
“We have been doing little improvements here and there,” Anderson said.
Alterations are being made on the bus entrance on the west side of the building.
An area needed to be widened out for the buses.
The sidewalk project on the east side of the school building has been completed.
“The sidewalk now connects and goes all the way around the building,” he said.

Anderson has been looking at the best way to proceed with Phase Two of the remodeling project, which includes classroom walls and changes in the Family Consumer Science classroom.
The work will be done next summer.
“It is a good time to do it. I think we will get a better cost per square foot due to the way the economy is now,” he said.
Anderson has made contact with Ed Bottolfsen at RaDec concerning filling in the pit in the commons area of the school building.
“We are looking at how much we could get done during Christmas vacation or if it will have to wait,” Anderson said.
Anderson informed board members the cost for Phase One completed by RaDec this summer came in at $540,000 which is under the guaranteed maximum price of $576,000.
Phase One included improvements in the bathrooms; relocating the art room, band room, weight room and the high school special ed class room; a new roof on the band room; paint; a few new windows; and new lockers for the students.
The Board was also told seven Hartington FFA students and instructor Amber Entres are headed to Nationals in Indianapolis this week.

Cristina Huss, Rachel Flaugh, Travis Burbach, Samatha Huss, Hannah Flaugh, Kenedy Biltoft and Emma Wiebelhaus will compete at Nationals.
FFA students include students from both Hartington Public and Cedar Catholic.
Principal Russell Flamig reported the staff and administration has been reviewing the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) tests students completed.
“We are looking at the scores to see what we can do to make improvements,” Flamig said.
The computerized tests are used to measure the student’s academic growth throughout the school year, as well as from year to year, in the areas of reading, language usage, math, and science. The test results are used to make informed decisions to promote academic growth.
Anderson and Flamig will be attending a Northeast Nebraska School Superintendent Association meeting at Wayne State College and a meeting in Norfolk for area superintendents.
Upcoming legislation that would affect schools will be discussed, according to Anderson
The next school board meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m., Nov 21. The date of the meeting can be changed if it conflicts with the football playoffs.