The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board met remotely for its regular meeting Monday, May 11.

Board president Cherie Noteboom gave a brief background on the career of Janet Ries, who is retiring next month as the K-5 Principal/District SPED Director. She has been with the district since 2007. (Watch for more on Ries in an upcoming edition.)

Ries talked about kindergarten screening, set for May 20. She and secretary Jamie Donnelly have contacted all the parents and set up appointments. Entrances and exits will be one-way through separate doors and staff is cleaning and sanitizing those areas.

She is also setting up notes and reminders for Laura Throener, who is taking over for Ries July 1.

Last week, Throener told the Leader-Courier about two committees which the district has set up to prepare several scenarios for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Watch for more on that when Superintendent Derek Barrios visits with the Leader-Courier later this week.

Middle School/High School Principal Skyler Eriksen said a schedule has been set up for students to return their computers at the end of the school year. Melanie Norris will be proctoring summer school for around 10 students through the Odyssey online program. An advantage of Odyssey is that Norris can track the amount of time each student is spending online doing assignments. Eriksen and Counselor Christine McMeekin-Hemingstad will be reaching out to businesses this fall who had expressed an interest in providing internships to EPJ students.

Activities Director Justin Clercx reported that no decision has been made on driver’s ed. He said parents may use last year’s athletic physical forms again this year.

Barrios gave the Maintenance Director’s report on current construction projects. Blackhawk Roofing is removing rock from the elementary roof and could have those repairs done within two-three weeks, weather permitting. They will then begin on the other roofs. Barrios is still trying to get the crew back to finish the blue corking. He hopes to have that done soon. The custodial staff has begun summer cleaning – waxing floors, cleaning carpets, etc.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.