NewsJuly 15 2015

New board members seated; Halverson elected chairwoman

Posted by Lucy

The 2014-2015 Lyman School board met for the last time Monday night to complete end of the year business including approving next year’s budget for $5.8 million.

Following nearly 45 minutes in executive session, the board approved one staff resignation and six new or changed contracts.

Maxine Urban resigned from her morning bus route and school custodian position to accept the head cook job at Presho.

Contracts were offered to Anthony (Tony) Callahan for high school social studies and geometery; Jill Scott for Kennebec third grade; and Michelle Boer for an aide at Presho. Changes in contracts were approved for Darcy Johnson who will move to Presho third grade and Heidi Samco who moves up to fifth grade at Kennebec.

The board approved the 2015 school board election results and reviewed and revised district handbooks. Some of the areas receiving revisions included; middle school student participation in high school sports, student and teacher dress code, student absences, open gym policies, grading procedures for rounding to nearest letter grade, teacher meeting attendance, and removal of soda pop machines.

The board adorned and reorganized for the 2015-2016 meeting following a short break.

New board members Meta Halverson, Rolly Cropsey and Matt Collins were sworn into office, and Halverson was elected chairwoman and Jodi Smith vice-chair. Board committee assignments were made adding Collins and Cropsey both to building and grounds, Stanley and Smith to finance, Collins to transportation; Schweitzer to negotiations and Cropsey to technology.

The board tabled requests from Rene Lillebo and Marchelle Carson for educational stipends until the policy is reviewed.

The board approved a 10 cents increase to school lunch, and set the chain of command at each school site as follows; Presho – Principal Boer, Marty Eriksen, and Renelle Uthe; at Kennebec Principal Lillebo, Chad Johnson and Mike Kieffer.

Superintendent Vlasman recommended increasing pay for substitute bus drivers to attract more applicants. The fee is for one route morning or afternoon and would double for the entire day.

The board approved substitute bus driver pay as follows per route; $38 for a small bus; $42 standard bus and $45 for Lower Brule routes, and .42 cents per mile for activities with a $9 per hour stand by rate.

It was suggested that the fee for substitute teachers be increased from $75 per day to $85 and that support staff called in to substitute would receive the same fee. The board will vote on substitute fees at the next meeting.

In other action the board approved the following:

Resolution to allow staff to buy back years of service with a lump sum rather than a monthly payment.

Two school exemption applications for home school.

Change In-service from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17.

NewsJuly 08 2015

4th of July sparkler art

Posted by Lucy

Photo By Heather Core/LCH

A group of kids spelled out the word LYMAN with sparklers Friday night during a family fireworks display held at the home of Gary and Kathy Diehm. L-r; Kacie Wagner, Briar Schweitzer, Conway Collins, Nikki Collins and Jaxx Collins and Andrea Diehm.

NewsJuly 08 2015

Dakota Mill makes request to purchase property along MRC line for expansion

Posted by Lucy

In addition to the $40 million dollar expansion of South Dakota Wheat Growers, two other Lyman County companies are also interested in expanding or starting a new ag related business along the MRC railroad due to the planned reconstruction of the line.

At the June 17 state Railroad Board meeting held in Pierre, Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc’s request to purchase property located in Presho along the railroad for the expansion of their operation was discussed.

Bruce Lindholm, Program Manager with the Dept. of Transportation presented information to the board from Dakota Mill & Grain’s request to purchase approximately 6.5 acres located on either side of the MRC mainline beginning at the truck route (305th Ave) on the west side of Presho, to Main Street, then after crossing main, further east on 2nd Street to the Medicine Creek bridge.

Dakota Mill’s preliminary plan is to build and operate at least a 25 car siding utilizing their existing elevator for grain load out and fertilizer unload with a design that would allow for future expansion.

Lindholm stated the Dept. of Transportation recommend the board approve the sale at the appraised value.

Following a discussion in which state Railroad Board member Jerry Cope, who is employed by Dakota Mill, recused himself, the board approved directing the DOT to meet with Dakota Southern Railway representatives and Dakota Mill to discuss the proposed property purchase and provide a report to the board at a later meeting. The area needs to be surveyed, platted and appraised before the State Rail Board can give final approval.

Another request from Reliance Rail, LLC to lease the right of way on the south side of the MRC line in Reliance for the construction of an industrial siding to support an edible pea processing and shipping facility was deferred to a later meeting at the request of the DOT.

According to Lindholm, the current switches located in Reliance were to be replaced as part of the MRC rehab project could be moved to accommodate switching off the mainline to Reliance Rail’s proposed siding.

The next state Railroad Board meeting will be July 15th in Pierre.

NewsJuly 01 2015

Scavenging through the county

Posted by Lucy

Jamie Griffith (left) of Presho and Brittany Kieffer of Kennebec partnered up for the 4th annual Scavenger’s Journey Saturday traveling to Kimball to start, then working their way back to Presho along the old Hwy 16 route through Pukwana, Chamberlain, Oacoma, and Reliance. The girls were proud of their bargains discovered along the route, especially the old Casey’s Cafe sign, which Jamie bought for her husband Casey. From reports the Herald collected, the vendors, local businesses and scavengers were happy with the event and look forward to next year.

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