The District #18 Board of Education is scheduled to meet this week.
Action on an increase in pay for Superintendent Dan Polk is on the agenda for the meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The board will take action on approval of a two percent raise in the superintendent’s salary.
Other items on the action agenda are:
• Accept/reject any application for the early retirement incentive
• Make any modifications the board may wish to the early retirement policy.
Also during the meeting, the board will hear reports on staff development, self evaluation and superintendent evaluation tool, and the current custodial situation.
The meeting, open to the public, will be held in the distance learning room at the high school.
Following a public hearing from one week ago, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved designating the county as “livestock friendly.”
The supervisors voted six to zero (supervisor Merlin Bolling was absent) to approve the designation as part of an effort to join more than 30 counties across the state actively participating in the Nebraska Livestock Friendly County program.
At last week’s hearing, testimony in support of the designation came from landowners near Orchard, Clearwater and Neligh as well as Elgin. However, not everyone in the county supported the designation.
Supervisors appeared ready last week to approve the designation until County Attorney Joe Abler indicated someone would be required to create and submit reports to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
By joining the other counties participating in the program, Antelope County will receive materials and assistance with promotion of the county in future programs.
LEAD Group 34 International Study/Travel Seminar
Hungary / Moldova / Romania
The current LEAD Group 34 is busy touring eastern Europe. Among the group is Elgin natives Todd Heithoff and Clayton Hensley. This tour is a two week international study/travel seminar. The Nebraska LEAD Program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council in cooperation with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL. A total of 30 Fellows are taking part in this tour.
Here is an audio clip of Heithoff while in Hungary.
January 8, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Pope John students recently participated in the 31st American Mathematics Competitions 8. Ten 7th and 8th graders competed for local and national student and school awards.
The contest, which covers middle school mathematics, is given at participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format.
Certificates were awarded to the school’s winners: Faith Kinney (first place), Allyssa Burenheide and Hunter Charf (tied for second), and Marissa Preister (third place). Photo and information submitted.
January 7, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The following information was provided by St. Boniface Catholic Church. Church leadership recently recognized two choir members, Rosie Schueths and Shirley Meis, following their “retirement” from their choir roles as director and organists.
Rosie began playing the organ for St. Boniface in 8th Grade!! Rosie and Pat Selting would trade off for the summer masses, after learning how to play from the nuns. In 1967, Rosie took over as choir director after the current director, Barbara Ann Ziegler, went to work at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School when it opened. A highlight (from Rosie’s tenure) was when the choir was professionally recorded live, in 2001, prior to the Parish Centennial. Rosie recently retired as choir director, after nearly 50 years, but agreed to still play the organ once a month, and for funerals.
Shirley began playing the organ when she was 15 years old!! The church she attended in Albion paid for a year of lessons, so she could learn on the pipe organ, and then later, the electric organ. She joined the Catholic Church, and in 1967, under the direction of Rosie Schueths, Shirley began playing the organ for Monsignor Buelt at the 8:00 a.m. Masses. This is something she did faithfully for many, many years. Shirley recently retired from weekend Masses, but will still play for funerals.
As we go forward we are blessed to say that two parishioners have stepped forward to provide leadership for our Music Ministry: Rachel Becker and Mark Dwyer. We have “big shoes” to fill as a parish, but together, with all ages willing to share their talents, we can continue our tradition of having music that is second to none in our Archdiocese!!
Thank you Rosie and Shirley for sharing your talents for over 100 years combined!
Photo by Amy Selting