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School board hears homecoming plans

FAIRMONT– On Tuesday evening the Fairmont School Board heard from Laura Thompson and Norah Traetow, members of the student council, regarding plans for homecoming week. Homecoming week will take place Monday, Sept. 20- Friday, Sept. 24.

Thompson said this Friday there will be a lyceum to announce the homecoming court. Next Monday the week’s festivities will start with different dress-up themes each day,

“We don’t have anything planned during the school day (that day) but there are a lot of sporting events that night so we’re encouraging kids to go out and support other teams,” Thompson said.

She said there’s also an Iron Man volleyball game that night as well as a Powderpuff football game.

On Wednesday there will be candidate introductions and on Thursday there will be candidate lunch so students in the school can get to know the candidates before voting takes place.

“Friday is very busy. We’re doing red and white day and during the school day there will be coronation, the pep fest on the football field…. and then right after that we’ll have the parade,”Thompson said.

The parade will take place in Downtown Fairmont and the football game will follow the parade. After the game there will be a dance in the horseshoe outside of the high school

“This year we have tried really hard to make sure that everyone knows about all of the activities. We have a Twitter and Instagram page where we’ve been putting out information,” said Norah Traetow.

She said there has also been announcements on the intercom during the school day as well as bulletin boards throughout the school with information on them.

Moving to other matters, Superintendent Andy Traetow gave a report.

“Not only in Fairmont Area Schools but across our area in Martin County, all schools are seeing an increase in enrollment,” Traetow said.

He said that there are currently 1,694 students enrolled in Fairmont Area Schools, which is up 64 from the end of last school year.

“For all of us in the area those are very positive trends,” said Traetow.

Traetow also said they are continuing to monitor the current Covid-19 situation everyday. Masks currently aren’t mandated in the school buildings, but Traetow asked everyone to remember that it’s a fluid situation.

“Anyone who is in the buildings anytime is more than able to wear a mask at your discretion. You can be in the buildings without a mask but it’s also your right to wear a mask as well,” said school board member Julie Laue.

Regarding the high school’s vocational expansion project, Traetow said last week they met with Kraus-Anderson and ISG, who are working on the project.

“One positive thing to report is that as of today, our bid marks have come in on-budget and in today’s time of materials and supply, that was very positive news to get,” Traetow said.

Traetow said hopefully groundbreaking will take place sometime the week of October 10.

On the topic of the large vocational expansion project, the board approved authorizing Traetow, on behalf of the school district, to approve changes with cost expenditures and changes related to upcoming bond projects that are valued at $25,000 or less. Anything more will be brought to the board for approval.

In other news:

— Chelsey Jensen was hired as a part-time preschool teacher and Miriah Mosloski was hired as a preschool aide.

— Marlyn Hagen, David Johnson, Steve Langford and Fred Link were hired as the school crossing guards.

— The following teachers were recognized for reaching teacher tenure: Kathie Card, Jasmine Carroll, Betsy Diegnau, Breanne Greiner, Michelle Hernes, Katie Hoaglund, Melissa Luhmann, Josie Sodersten and Sandy Soelter.

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