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ORTONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #2903 BOARD MEMBERS were installed at their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21.  John Plathe was re-elected to the School Board, while Holly Wellendorf and Jay Ross were the newest members elected. School Board members are shown above. Pictured in front row, left to right are, Holly Wellendorf, Jim Nelson and Kathi Thymian. Back row left to right are, John Plathe, Mike Hamson and Jay Ross. Kathi Thymian was elected Chairperson for 2015, Jim Nelson Vice-Chairman, Jay Ross-Clerk and John Plathe-Treasurer.

Thymian appointed Chairman of Ortonville School Board

At the regular Ortonville School Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21, Kathi Thymian was appointed as Chairman and Jim Nelson as Vice-Chairman. Jay Ross will serve as clerk and John Plathe as the Treasurer. Other appointments were as follows:

• MN State High School League-Holly Wellendorf.

• Education District Governing Board (MRVED)-Jim Nelson; alternate John Plathe.

• Big Stone/CGB Mini-Board-Jay Ross, Mike Hamson; alternate John Plathe.

• Bonanza Board Representative-John Plathe.

• Community Education Advisory Representative-Jim Nelson and Holly Wellendorf.

• Staff Development Committee Members-Kathi Thymian and Holly Wellendorf.

• Graduation Requirements/World’s Best Workforce-Jim Nelson and Holly Wellendorf.

• Technology Committee Member-Jay Ross.

• Discipline Committee Members-John Plathe and Mike Hamson.

• Attendance Review Board Members-Kathi Thymian and Jay Ross.

• Negotiations Committee Members-Kathi Thymian, John Plathe and Holly Wellendorf.

• Legislative Liaison-Mike Hamson and Holly Wellendorf.

• Continuing Education Board Representative-John Plathe.

• Board Member to the Foundation-Jim Nelson.

Also set was the date for the monthly meetings, which will continue to be on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ortonville School Library, except for the January and February meetings.

The board accepted the extended leave of absence request from Ryan Danielson. This is allowed by statute 122A.46 and is in the school’s Master Agreement. The request was granted for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.

The Board approved a Trap Shooting Team that will begin this spring. The school board approved the program as a club activity; will allow the club to use the school logo; and the school will not charge a fee. Those participating in the program will pay a fee through the club, with an estimated cost of $200, which includes a $30 fee goes to the league.

The Trap Shooting Club will use the Whetstone Sportman’s Trap Range in Milbank, SD for shooting, with the Graceville Trap Range as a backup.

One of the questions asked was the liability insurance coverage for the those participating. John Quast, who along with Tim Giese will run the club, stated that both the Milbank and Graceville ranges have insurance, plus the fee that is included in the cost for the participants, goes to the league and and covers the blanket liability policy.

The Trap Shooting league will start the first week in April and run through the first week in June.

“Right now, there are 450 teams in the state participating in trap shooting,” said Quast. “We have donations from various groups and organizations that will help pay for ammunition and other   items for the club.”

In other business, the board approved a pay equity compliance report that is required every three years.

The board also approved a resolution directing the superintendent to make recommendations for adjustments in curriculum, programs and staff for the 2015-16 school year. This does not mean there will be any reductions in staffing, but it needs to be done as this becomes the first part of the process if they need to make changes.

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ortonville School Library. This is a change due to the President’s Day holiday.

Winter Carnival activities to be held Feb. 2-6 at OHS

Winter Carnival festivities will be held Feb. 2-6 at the Ortonville High School with various activities going on throughout the week.

On Monday, Feb. 2, Coronation ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.  Admission will be $1.

During the week, there will be different dress up days.  On Monday it is Pajama Day; Tuesday is Dynamic Duo/Twin Day; Wednesday is Class Color Day (seniors-black; juniors-red; sophomores-blue; freshmen-purple; eighth grade-yellow; and seventh grade-white): Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is Dress to Impress. There will also be a Talent Show on Friday afternoon.

The Winter Carnival Dance will be held Friday, Feb. 6 from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring Henry’s Sights and Sounds.

Senior Winter Carnival Royalty Queen Candidates are:

Stephanie Arndt-daughter of Alan and Vicki Arndt-football cheerleading, band, student council and drama.

Chais Brown-daughter of Lon and Dorothy Richardson-student council, BPA, Robotics, Spanish Club and drama.

Mariah Kuefler-daughter of Todd and Sharon Kuefler-student council.

Mersadie Packard-daughter of Bonnie Anderson-student council, choir and drama.

Savannah Yordy-daughter of Roger and Chris Yordy and Carisa Yordy-BPA, robotics and student council.

King Candidates are:

Tristan Adelman-son of Ken and Lorie Adelman-baseball.

Drew Danielson-son of Ryan and Julie Danielson-student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Scout Team for girls basketball, baseball, choir and drama.

Garion Mulder-son of Kor Mulder and Ciska Goerres-track, cross country, jazz band, drama, pep band, solo and ensemble and scout team for girls basketball.

Daniel Sitter-son of Steve and Mary Sitter-baseball, BPA, pep band, jazz band, solo and ensemble.

Travis Westlund-son of Angela Doren and Raymond Westlund-football, wrestling, FCA, drama, musicals, Robotics, mixed ensemble, solos and student council.

Class attendants are:

7th Grade--Allyssa Kirchberg-daughter of Mike and Rachel Kirchberg-volleyball and choir. Hunter Hofhenke-son of Brian and Deb Hofhenke-choir.

8th grade-Courtney Berger-daughter of Josh and Stacy Berger-volleyball, basketball, drama, choir and FCA.  Jason Helgeson-son of Harley and Ellie Helgeson-football, choir, band, pep band, track, drama, FCA and Knowledge Bowl.

Freshmen-Allison Plathe-daughter of John and Mari Plathe-volleyball, basketball, softball, pep band, jazz band and drama. Isaiah Pelowski-son of Charles and Stephanie Pelowski-wrestling, track and drama.

Sophomores-Edann Cloos-daughter of Todd and Candee Cloos-volleyball, softball, wrestling statistician, BPA and drama. James Erickson-son of James and Keta Erickson-football, wrestling, track and drama.

Juniors-Kirsten Erickson-daughter of Shawn and Beth Erickson-cross country, basketball, track, pep band and stage crew. Isaac Adelman-son of Stan and Jill Adelman-baseball, student council, BPA and band.

Crownbearers for Winter Carnival are Alayna Nelson, daughter of Josh and Kylene Nelson and Ellis Longnecker, son of Isaiah and Stacy Longnecker.

Seth Parker