VC School Staff Win Awards

The Valley City Public School Board recognized two outstanding staff members for their recent achievements at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Jefferson Elementary School counselor Judi Hillier earned the "North Dakota Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award", and Washington Elementary School principal Wayne Denault received the Region 6 "North Dakota Principal of the Year Award."
The board also accepted the retirement request of two employees and the resignation of another
The board approved letters of resignation/retirement from Jr. Sr. High librarian Kathy Laumb and Washington Elementary School physical education teacher Fred Fritel.
A resignation letter was accepted from Valley City High School Counselor Amy Tahran.
In other action taken Tuesday, the board approved a proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed calendar would have students returning to school later than previous years, on Aug. 28, and the school year would then end later, on May 30 with graduation on June 1. The board discussed the pros and cons of the proposed calendar. One pro, according to superintendent Dean Koppelman, would be that students wouldn't spend as much time in hot classrooms without air conditioning during the summer heat.
A con, according to board president Joyce Braunagel, would be that it would be difficult for the pool to open on time, as many of the lifeguards are also high school students.
Board member Rick Ross opposed the new calendar.
The school board heard a presentation from Chad Petersen of KLJ regarding the the "Safe Routes To School" grant and the Shared-Use Path Project. The project includes building safe walking paths to make it easier for children to walk or bike to school.
Mary Lee Nielson and Sharon Buhr, Valley City ACHIEVE and On the Move coordinator were on hand for the presentation.
Koppelman announced that the seats of two board members, Val Moritz and Braunagel, would be up for election on June 11. The deadline for filing for candidacy is April 12 at 4 p.m.
The board also approved a second reading of the job description for the new activities director position.
Koppelman said a good number of application had been received for the position and pointed out that that the application deadline was March 1.