B-H Board Accepts Two Resignations


The Britton-Hecla Board of Education accepted letters of resignation from two teachers at its regular meeting on Monday.

First grade teacher Mary Cusick, who has taught for 34 years, will retire at the end of the school year. Industrial Arts teacher and boys basketball coach Travis Santistevan is leaving the district to teach and coach in Wyoming after serving the district for six years.

Two other teachers had previously announced their retirements at the end of this year. They are Special Education teacher Deb Hannasch, who has taught for 32 years, and second grade teacher Bev Dinger, a 38-year veteran.

In other action the board accepted a quote from Steen Photography to serve as school photographer for the next three years. Gefroh Photography, who was the school’s official photographer for the past school year, also submitted a quote.

The board approved requests for leave without pay for Myra Stavick, Amber Key, Lori Rabenberg, Joleen Christianson, and Rachelle Kilker; it approved the transfer of $150,000 from the Pension Fund to the General Fund; approved a SDHSAA membership resolution; renewed its Association of School Boards workers comp and health insurance agreements; and approved offering certified contracts when negotiations are settled.

Elementary Principal Kyla Richter reported that an Elementary Open House is planned for May 3 and Kindergarten Roundup will be April 27. High School Principal Carrie James noted that the ACT test will be Saturday and the State History Contest is in Brookings today


Superintendent Steve Benson told the board that the district has now missed four days of school due to bad weather this year. He also noted that the state has approved a middle school structure request to include sixth grade with seventh and eighth in junior high for the 2018-19 school year, and the board discussed installing a sign to indicate the location of the school and upcoming events.

The board met in executive session for an hour and 44 minutes for negotiations and personnel. Upon resuming regular session no action was taken.

Next regular meeting of the board will be Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the school conference room.

Marshall County Journal

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