HG School Board approves girls tennis team

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The School Board approved the addition of a girls tennis program to start in the fall of 2018 at their December meeting.

Lizzy Hill, the current tennis coach, stated that Howards Grove will co-op with Elkhart Lake-Glenbuelah to form the team.

Hill has been the boys coach for the last eight years and said there is an average of six girls that try out per season.

“It is tough for the girls to compete against the boys,” said Hill. “I feel that this will provide another option for them. We have had some very good girls compete in the past.”

Hill provided survey results that showed that at least 15 girls would be interested in the program this coming 2018 season.

The board accepted the letter of retirement from Middle School Principal Andy Hanson with regret. Hanson has been in the school district for 34 years and has been middle school principal for the past 16 years.

Superintendent Chris Peterson gave a timeline for the new middle school principal search. The position was posted Dec. 19 and applications for the vacancy will be accepted until Feb. 2, 2018.

The screening process will begin Feb. 5-8 and the first round of interviews will be conducted during the week of Feb. 26-March 2, with a second round of interviews the week of March 12 through March 16.

The final candidate and possible site visit will take place March 19-23. The new principal will be announced April 4. The transition process will take place from April through June.

Peterson presented new board policies from NEOLA for the first reading. The policies will be made available for review until the next board meeting.

Peterson gave an outline of the Howards Grove Vision and Mission Statement work. He stated that the scheduled meeting earlier this month was cancelled due to the weather. Work will start after the winter break.

The following draft statements were developed by the committee.

The Mission Statement - The Howards Grove School District is rooted in a genuine and supportive culture, builds a community of lifelong learners to be productive global citizens.

The educational vision of the Howards Grove School District is to facilitate engaged student learning in a rapidly changing world. Thru the expertise and dedication of administrators, teachers, staff, and the Howards Grove community, students will become responsible, contributing members of society, strengthening the communities in which they are a part of.

To accomplish this, we will build a rigorous academic and experiential curriculum focused on student success, foster a positive and caring community in our schools, attract, hire, and retain the best educators and staff, thrive for excellence in everything we do with a focus on continual growth and improvement.

Peterson also gave an update on the construction of the new auditorium. Shoring will start in the orchestra pit next week, masonry brick is underway and all roofing is expected to be finished by Dec. 30.

Temporary heat is finished and the electrical and plumbing underground will be completed by the end of the week. Slab on grade has started in several areas and will continue throughout December.

Interior masonry block and interior steel studs will begin next week.

Board President Kim Plass thanked the FFA alumni for covering costs for two students to attend the National FFA Convention.

Plass also thanked the PTO for donations for a Smart Board, supplies for the middle school, transportation costs for the high school Spanish class, money for the Tangible Play at Northview and donations to cover costs of Breakfast and Books and bussing costs by the elementary students to the pumpkin farm, apple orchard and fire station.

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