At its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 8, the Elk Point-Jefferson School Board approved a resolution calling for an election asking voters to approve a $12 million bond.

The money would be used to build additions to house the middle school and wrestling room, remodel and enlarge the kitchen and cafeteria and remodel the current middle school space for use by elementary students. It will also address safety and security issues at the school. (See story in next week’s paper for more details.)

The board also approved a $12,500 contract with ISG to supervise the bond campaign, paid from capital oulay funds.

The election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, with polling places in both Elk Point and Jefferson.

K-5 Principal/District SPED Director Laura Throener talked to the board about a new program she’d like to begin for pre-school students. Currently, the district has a pre-school through Southeast Cooperative in Beresford that serves only Special Education (SPED) students. Throener would like to expand that to include Peer Models, non-SPED students who would be in the same classroom as the current students. She said the demand for preschool is nearly overwhelming in the district and she could see enrolling as many as 24 students, divided into morning and afternoon classes. Because the state does not fund preschool, the district would have to pay the entire cost and would ask non-SPED parents to pay a fee for the service. Throener will bring more information to the board at a later meeting.

Superintendent Derek Barrios presented an updated Return to Learn Plan. It allows vaccinated staff and students who have been deemed close contacts to remain in school as long as they are masked and asymptomatic. A negative COVID-19 test after five days would allow them to be unmasked. With no test, the masks would be needed for 14 days.

Barrios also reported the state official enrollment number – 693. There are also six students from the Akron-Westfield district paid for by that district. Because the budget called for 698 total students, the board passed an amendment to the budget to reflect the additional state aid.

Chesterman Companies renewed its COKE® contract with EPJ and will be helping fund a new video board for the high school gym. Barrios said he got a great deal on a $160,000 Daktronics video board for under $100,000. Chesterman will pay around $37,000 and the district $60,000, which will be offset by selling sponsorships. The board will be delivered this spring.

Barrios also reported on the state sanctioning girls softball. (See story on page 5.)

In other action, the board approved:

• A non-certified personnel salary agreement for Bridget King, custodian;

• Adult volunteer registration forms for Patricia Skinner and Shirley Rosenbaum, mini courses;

• Adult volunteer registration forms for Kathy Geary and Amy Hayes, JH girls basketball;

• Adult volunteer coaching registration form for Peyton Johnston, wrestling; and

• Surplusing cheer and dance uniforms.

After an executive session for personnel, the board adjourned until its next meeting Monday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.