NewsJuly 22 2015

Lyman School reunion Saturday at clubhouse

Posted by Lucy

Forty three years ago in May of 1972 the newly formed Lyman School District’s first graduating class walked across the stage of the school gym to collect their diplomas. The most of the students had attended other schools before coming together in the fall of 1971.

The class of 1975, which will observe their 40 reunion this weekend, was the first Lyman class to attend all four years of high school at the school in Presho.

The Lyman alumni association will hold a school reunion at the Medicine Cree Golf Course Clubhouse from 6 pm to 9 pm. Saturday, July 25th to honor all graduates including the honor classes ending in "5" and "0". The Lyman County Herald will take photos of the honor classes for publication in the following week’s issue.

The association will furnish pork loin sandwiches and local alumni may bring chips, appetizers, a salad or a dessert to share. A free-will offering will be collected for the sandwiches.

After the meal, a short business meeting to elect a 2nd vice-president and address any other matters before the association will be held followed by the introduction of honor classes, and the announcement of the 2015 Lyman alumni scholarship recipient.

Current officers include; Jim Cole, president; Norval Millard, 1st vice – president, Christie Collins, 2md vice president, Shelli Collins, secretary, and Lucy Halverson, treasurer.

Individual classes holding gatherings Friday night include class of 1975 at the golf course, 1980 at Mike Authier’s, 1995 at Hot Rod’s Steakhouse and 2005 at the golf course.

NewsJuly 22 2015

PHS alumni to meet Saturday

Posted by Lucy

The 2015 PHS all-school reunion will be held Saturday, July 25th at the Christ the King parish hall in Presho. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the banquet will start about 6:00 pm.

The Saturday evening meal will be prepared and served by the Catholic ladies organization. PHS alumni members are asked to provide salads and desserts.

A brief business meeting to elect officers will take place after the banquet followed by a short program to name the 2015 distinguished alumnus. Those classes ending in "0" and "5" will be recognized and announced.

While this year’s event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first four-year graduating class of PHS that included eight graduates in 1915.

Several members of the class of 1940 including Dean Brakke, Arlene Ambur, and Daryld Walters all of Presho are expected to attend and celebrate their 75th reunion.

Friday evening, the museum will be open from 5 - 7 pm and they invite everyone to their free will donation wine and cheese event.

On Sunday, a private room has been reserved at Hutch’s Café for a pay-as-you-go breakfast/brunch from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Make your plans now to be a part of the PHS Alumni activities, socialize and reminisce with your friends at the annual all-school reunion.

NewsJuly 15 2015

2015-2016 Lyman School Board

Posted by Lucy

The 2015-2016 Lyman School Board of Education reorganized at the July 13th meeting and welcomed two new members. Back row; l-r; Kimm Schweitzer, Matt Collins, Rolly Cropsey, and Dennis Stanley. Front; l:r Jamie Griffith, Kenny Hamer, Meta Halverson, Jodi Smith and Ronda Schelske.

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.

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