Report on May 10 Board of Education meeting.

The Sleepy Eye Board of Education starts each meeting with “good news” offered by board members and administrators. At the May 10 meeting, good news items were: a great Grandparents Day—which Mary Maas did a great job organizing, awesome elementary school concerts, art show well attended and the girls track team won at home.

High school principal Shane Laffen reported on the Gold Cord banquet and scholarships, MCA testing is complete, he is working on teacher hires for next year, teacher evaluations are complete, and graduation is May 19.

Superintendent John Cselovszki reported the results of the Digital Day parent survey: nearly 78 percent felt the digital day was effective or very effective; 13 percent felt it was somewhat effective and nine percent thought it was not at all effective. Comments ranged from the work being too much to get done, to “my child had no problems,” plus a division of opinion on whether to continue in the future or go back to having students make up snow days. Cselovszki felt the response was overall positive, with good comments to help improve it, and recommended continuing the program.

FFA members made a presentation on the chapter’s success at the state convention: 65 members went to state, third place chapter—may advance to national, 15 state degrees awarded, Milk Quality and Poultry teams won first place. Senior member Courtney Engholm said Sleepy Eye is one of the top chapters, does well in many areas and offers members good opportunities.

Action items approved included:

•Hire David Wendland as kindergarten teacher for the 2017-18 school year at $34,688.

•Hire Morgan Pioske as instrumental music teacher for the 2017-18 school year at $34,688.

•Hire Sydney Geiger as head volleyball coach at $3,907.

•Resignation of Allison Woitas as junior high volleyball coach.

•Hire Allison Woitas as assistant volleyball coach at $2,933.

•Resignation of Eric Elker as instrumental music teacher effective end of the school year.

•Resignation of Kristina Iwan as vocal music teacher effective end of the school year.

•Accept donations: $450 from the Servicemen’s Club toward school patrol bussing cost to the Twins game; $100 anonymous donation to fifth grade science class.

•Resignation of Jason Mode as assistant golf coach, and hire Tom Larson.

The next school board meeting is Tuesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.