Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

School board investigates safety upgrades

Randolph — The Randolph Board of Education will be researching the cost of surveillance cameras for both the elementary and secondary school parking lots, especially since the recent vandalism and theft: several vehicles had damage and stolen parts. Also under consideration are upgraded doorknobs that can be locked from the inside as well as knobs that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. A safety audit had been conducted recently, and the inspector reported the Randolph facilities were “the cleanest and most organized of any that he goes to,” said Superintendent Dave Hamm.

Hamm also reported the automatic flush valves — the ones purchased slightly used — have all been installed at the high school, and work is beginning on the conversion at the elementary. All of the automatic flushers are working, so it has turned out to be a very good investment, said Hamm.

Board President Paul Schmit reminded the board members of the upcoming meeting Feb. 20, when representatives from the Nebraska Association of School Boards will present all the applicants for the superintendent position. The school board members will then choose four applicants to interview Feb. 25 and 27 (two per day). The public is reminded they can attend from 5:30-9: p.m., each day of interviewing.

Elementary Principal Jane Brummels reported parent-teacher conferences were held Feb. 4 at the elementary with an 85 percent attendance rate, and teachers attempted to schedule a time for those who missed.

Kindergarten round-up for the 2013–14 school year will be held April 8, at 9 a.m. According to the census, said Brummels, there will be 15 students eligible for kindergarten next year.

The Nebraska State Accountability writing test for students in grades 4, 8, and 11 took place in January, but results won’t be available for a couple of months, said Brummels. She also informed the board that Measures of Academic Progress tests will be given for the second time, from March 12–22.

Secondary Principal Dennis Bazata reported the Randolph Community Club youth basketball tournament was Feb. 16–17 with approximately 32 teams participating. Randolph qualified four wrestlers for the state wrestling tournament, and Dylan Loberg earned fourth place. The school will be hosting the girls and boys D2-6 subdistrict basketball tournament.

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