McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board unanimously approved a contract for a new speech language teacher.
Board members approved the contract for Lydia Karnopp for the 2012-13 year, at their regular meeting Monday night.
It has not yet been determined which school she will be teaching at, said Business Manager Rick Haney.
The board also accepted/approved a $2,000 anonymous donation, that will be used toward the construction of new FFA classroom.
In other action, the board heard reports from school organizations, including:
* McCook Elementary PTO, Lori Brening: at its first meeting, the group discussed Family Carnival Night scheduled for March 16 and is hoping that more school organizations will sponsor games. The PTO served breakfast and dinner to teachers at recent Parent /Teachers conferences and the Book Fair garnered enough in sales to donate $150 to McCook Elementary's library and $100 to each classroom.
* TeamMates program, Darcey Hansen: still looking for volunteers from the community to act as mentors to youth. She reported that 37 matches have been made and that youth are referred by teachers, parents, or self-nominated. Statistics from last year showed that 25 percent of students in the program improved academically; 33.3 percent had fewer disciplinary problems and 8.33 percent had fewer unexcused absences.
* FFA, Cash Bortner: the group recently participated in land judging, where Kyle Gaston and Morgan Schilling both won ribbons. The group entered a float in the Heritage Days Parade, which won the Youth Division.
* McCook Student Council: Brian Calvin reported that they attended the district meeting in North Platte where ideas were exchanged. President Kelsey Collicott added that Homecoming is Saturday at the Junior High Cafeteria with the theme, "Candyland." The Student Council is selling pink shirts to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and for a "pink out" at Friday's football game. The council will attend the State Convention on Nov. 7.