East Elementary kindergarten students attended the May 8 regular meeting of the Minden Public Schools Board of Education to join in the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing the school fight song. Following the young Whippets’ performance, the board got back to business be- ginning with consideration of the consent agenda.

The board was told revenue is a little under projections, but that is expected to pick up by the end of the month. Transit vans that were ordered two years ago are still not ready for de- livery. Demand for these vehicles is high and corporations are buying them in bulk. The board will need to discuss the matter in more detail and make a decision about how to proceed. The board approved the consent agenda including minutes from the April 10 meeting, financial reports, and expenditures and claims for payment.

The Building and Grounds Committee stated they are waiting to hear the results of the school bond election. No matter the outcome they will continue to be active in pursuing a plan to address the physical space needs of the district.

In his report to the board, Activity Director Jason Strong shared most extra curricular posi- tions are set for next year with only a few vacancies to fill. He followed up with a softball up- date stating the schedule is nearly finalized and Minden will host the first game of the season. The team will be the Hwy 6 Blazers and their colors will be sky blue and orange.

Strong also shared several accolades earned by Whippet students this year including the NSAA Multi-Activity Student Award earned by 86 MHS students and the Minden girls and boys earned the SWC Cup for 2022-2023. This is the first ever SWC Cup Championship for the Minden boys and the Minden girls’ first since winning the cup in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Moving onto action items, the board approved the second reading of amendments to Policy 4019 Fair Labor Standards Act. The amendments will go into effect over the summer replacing staff compensation time with overtime starting in August.

Five Minden FBLA members and three FCCLA members have qualified for nationals. The board noted the students have worked hard to get to this point and approved the out of state trips. Addison Brown, Nathan Althouse, Levi Loseke, Riley Jensen, and Mattie Kamery will compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia June 27-30. Cadence Shrader, Addison Klabunde, and Carmin Gramke will compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado July 2-6.

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