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Somerset Board recognizes student achievements

The Somerset school board meeting on Monday, May 17, was packed with students and their families.

Members of the forensics team, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles and Destination Imagination teams were recognized by the school board for their hard work in getting to state-level competitions. All the students were given certificates and a cake-and-punch reception served in their honor prior to the business meeting.

Updating areas of high school

Brian Moulton, from the facilities committee, said upgrading the sound system in the high school multi-purpose room was budgeted at $15,000, but the system will only cost $11,300.

Marie Colbeth, board member, asked if the system will have portable microphones so the singers can transport the system with them. It will.

"They really deserve that," Colbeth said.

Moulton also said that they will do a patch and overlay of the track, rather than redoing the entire thing.

"The five-year warranty is more reasonable," Moulton said. "That may happen after summer school."

Storm water utility

The board also discussed the possible storm water utility proposed by the Village of Somerset. According to the formula which calculates the fee according to square footage of impervious surfaces, the school district would be responsible for $7,500 in fees.

"Somerset is nowhere near the 10,000 population requirement (for the storm water utility mandate), so nothing says we have to jump the gun," said Robert Gunther, board member.

"The village president said they may end up putting it off for two years and look at the existing funds," said Randy Rosburg, school superintendent.

In other news:

• The board will conduct their final three CESA interviews on May 25.

• Marin Mansch, board member, will be resigning from the Somerset Memorial Scholarship committee, so Tim Witzmann, board chair, asked the board members to consider joining the committee for next year.

• Ron Berg, director of curriculum and instruction, reported that the district was considering offering advanced Smart Board training for teachers. That will allow instructors to upload the Smart Board activities daily so parents and students can access it. They were also looking at increasing the district's Web presence by using Facebook and Twitter accounts.

• Shawn Madden, high school principal, said they will start the application process for a new student representative for the school board to replace outgoing senior Johanna Smith.

• Sara Eichten, middle school principal, said that the playground installation on Saturday, May 15, went well. The fundraiser that evening raised $2,000, and the Teacher Association matched up to $1,500.

• Cherrie Wood, elementary school principal, reminded the board that Sports Day will be on June 1.

• Darren Kern, director of pupil services, said that the Friendship Games are planned for Friday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. They are anticipating more than 400 kids on campus.

• The board approved the renewal of the food service contract with A'viands.