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McCook Public Schools

Action by the school board and news related to the schools.

Bison homecoming royalty (10/20/14)
A highlight of McCook High School's 2014 Homecoming festivities last week was the King and Queen coronation at Weiland Field Friday night following McCook's 43-14 football win over Hastings. The Homecoming royalty included, left to right, front row: crown bearers Abby Sedlacek and Darin Neben; back row: first attendants London Scott and Luke Lichty, Queen Alaini Priebe, King Isaac Langan, second attendants Hayley Werkmeister and Sam Backer...
McCook school board approves new state standards for language arts (10/15/14)
The McCook School Board approved Monday night at the regular meeting the Nebraska Department of Education recently-updated standards in language arts, standards that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year and that students will be tested on the following year.
Board approves new coach bus for school district (10/14/14)
Students will have a new coach bus to travel in, but forget about the built-in bathroom.
Over-the-road-bus on agenda (10/10/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School board will discuss the purchase of an over-the-road bus that will not cost more than $150,000, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. Bids were advertised for a bus, with the one bid received rejected as it was more than $150,000, according to Rick Haney, McCook Public Schools business manager...
Superintendent evaluation tabled, salary set (09/10/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School Board is down to the wire on the evaluation of the school superintendent. At the end of Monday's night regular Board of Education meeting, Board president Tom Bredvick tabled until next month the closed session scheduled on the agenda for the superintendent's evaluation...
School tax levy drops for next year, property tax request higher (09/05/14)
The property tax levy of the McCook School District will decrease by nearly seven cents for 2013-14, under a proposed budget presented to the McCook School Board Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room.
Senior parents to sell food at Friday's game (08/25/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A local woman escaped injury by fire Sunday morning after she was alerted by her neighbor of smoke coming from her attic. McCook emergency responders arrived at 808 East 4th Street, the home of Lorine Bauguess, just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday to find visible smoke and fire coming from the attic area...
TeamMates Mentoring Program creating success (08/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Having nine seniors who wanted to go on to college presented a welcome dilemma for TeamMates Coordinator Darcey Hansen. On the one hand, providing a $500 scholarship to each of the college-bound students would require some significant fund-raising. But the fact that nine out of ten seniors who were a part of the mentoring program had post-secondary education aspirations was evidence that the program was working and resulting in positive outcomes for students...
MJH open house set for Wednesday night (08/18/14)
The annual McCook Junior High Fall Open House is Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 8:05 p.m.
Getting the wiggles out (08/15/14)
Reliable substitute teachers rare, valuable commodity (08/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Substitute teachers are sometimes hard to find but extremely valuable to the district, said McCook School Superintendent Grant Norgaard. Speaking to the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting, Norgaard said it's sometimes a struggle to get substitute teachers to come in within a short amount of time. ...
Thirteen students opting in to McCook; eight going out (08/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb.-- A total of 13 students are optioning into the McCook School district from other districts. The enrollment option program was established in 1989 by then-Gov. Kay A. Orr and allows any kindergarten through 12th grade Nebraska student to attend a school in a Nebraska public school district in which the student does not reside, subject to certain limitations...
No more 'ruffled feathers' over school absences? (08/12/14)
Lorri Sughroue McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- School administrators will now have more leeway in pursuing legitimate excessive absenteeism of students. State law has changed on policy concerning school absences and the McCook School Board Monday night approved a revised policy to reflect this...
School OKs raises for administration (07/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School Board approved unanimously Monday night a raise/benefit package for McCook School District administration totaling $31,912. Superintendent Grant Norgaard said at the regular meeting that evaluations are based on goals set by administration themselves and that evaluations are partially done...
Board member reveals results of complaint (07/15/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A complaint filed almost a year ago about a June 2013 hearing on a McCook teacher has been dismissed, according to a McCook school board member. Shane Messersmith, McCook School Board member, told the board Monday night that he had a copy of the results of the investigation, done by the Commissioner of Education of the State of Nebraska on a complaint...
Administrative salary increases on agenda (07/10/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School board will be asked to approve $31,912 in salary and benefit increases for school administration, Monday night at the regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. The salary and benefit package, reflecting a 2.9 increase, is being brought to the board for approval by Superintendent Grant Norgaard and includes raises and insurance increases based on individual evaluations done by Norgaard...
Schools deal with new rules (06/11/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Under a new ruling, school districts cannot ask a person applying for a teaching position if they've been convicted of a crime, until they are candidates for an interview. The McCook Board of Education was given a heads-up of this law and other rulings concerning e-cigarettes and Facebook, at the regular meeting Monday night...
Lunch prices up 10 cents (06/11/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The cost of school lunches in the McCook School district were hiked another 10 cents. The McCook Board of Education unanimously approved the increase at the regular meeting Monday night. The increase is the fourth one in as many years and is in response to a government mandate that requires school lunch prices to increase until it matches the federal level of reimbursement for free and reduced lunches...
Donations, resignations for school board agenda (06/06/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- More than $50,000 will be donated to the McCook School District by the McCook Bison Booster Club, to replace bleachers at the high school. The McCook School board will also be asked to approve a $10,000 donation for playground improvements at McCook Elementary, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room...
School hikes lunch prices (05/15/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- School lunch prices will increase by 10 cents next year, as a way to make up for federal reimbursement rates. Prices of school lunches in the McCook School District have been steadily increased the past several years to make up the difference between what the federal government reimburses and what schools charge, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told McCook School Board members at the regular meeting Monday night...
School board hears TeamMates update; hires five teachers (05/14/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Starting with only seven matches in 2004, the TeamMates Mentoring program has been making headway at McCook Public Schools, with 63 active matches this year. There are still 8 girls and 16 boys who are waiting for a mentor, said Darcey Hansen, McCook Chapter coordinator, who gave an update of the program to the McCook School Board Monday night at its regular meeting. The program takes two at a time for it to succeed, she explained...
Apple wants one payment for iPads (05/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School District will have to pay the $244,000 purchase of iPads in one payment, instead of two as originally planned. The McCook School Board of Education unanimously approved Monday night at the regular meeting the change to one payment, with half the funds coming from three separate budgets within the school district's budget: curriculum, technology and high school building budget, with the other half coming from reserves...
Structural repairs planned at cafeteria (05/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A support column at the junior high cafeteria is in need of repairs. Significant cracks in a column on the south wall of the cafeteria were discovered a few months ago, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board at its regular meeting Monday. Engineers from a local firm fixed it with temporary measures and have come up with blue prints for total replacement of the column, he said. Bids will go out for the work in the near future...
Even reluctant science students thrive in MCC instructor's class (05/09/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- In his fifth year teaching at McCook Community College, Rob Bogardus has built a reputation as a science teacher who can "make you love his classes even though you thought you hated science." For his dedication to excellence in the classroom, his accessibility to students and his passion for discipline, Bogardus was named this year's recipient of the Gene A. Budig Outstanding Faculty Award. The announcement came during Commencement exercises at MCC Friday...
Details of iPad purchase on school board agenda (05/09/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Board of Education will be asked to approve the purchase of Apple iPads with one payment instead of two, at the regular board meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. In March, the board approved the purchase of the devices for the high school for the 2014-15 school year at $244,290. Superintendent Grant Norgaard said today that Apple will not accept two checks for the purchase as the district originally planned...
Two grads return to teach in McCook (04/16/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two McCook High School graduates have been hired to teach at McCook next year. The McCook School Board approved Monday night at the regular meeting teaching contracts for Jacob Curl as an industrial tech teacher and Joe Vetrovsky as a resource teacher...
Board studies iPad rules (04/16/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A 15-page "Acceptable Use" policy concerning iPads for next year high school students will be a work in progress. The policy, approved by the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting, was compiled by McCook School District Information Technology personnel Joel Bedner and Scott Johnson, based on successful 1:1 initiatives at other school districts in Nebraska...
School won't lease land for skate park (04/15/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- By 4 to 1, with one board member absent, the McCook School Board voted down a proposal to go into negotiations with the city concerning property for a skate park. School board members Teresa Thomas, Loretta Hauxwell, Sandy Krysl and Tom Bredvick voted against Superintendent Grant Norgaard going into discussion with the City of McCook about leasing school property for a skate park. ...
Spring Jamboree (04/11/14)
McCook Elementary Kindergarteners tell a story in song, "One Wide River," and sing loud and soft in "You Are My Sunshine," accompanied on guitar by Kathy Latta. Other tunes included "Free Little Bird," which demonstrates that music makes us happy; "The Wild Horseman," which demonstrates the ABA form and changes in music; the rondo form, ABACA, shown by "The Syncopated Clock;" and "Trepak" from "The Nutcraker Suite," which is an ABA form with an interlude and coda...
Improv team headed to nationals (04/11/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Students in a new after-school program at McCook Junior High have qualified for a national competition. The recently-formed Destination Imagination (DI) improv team of seventh and eighth graders -- calling themselves #teamfierce -- recently snagged first place at both the regional competition in Axtell, Nebraska, and at the state meet in Kearney, Nebraska...
School may lease land for skate park (04/11/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- School property may be leased to the city for a skate park, if approved by the McCook School Board. The board will be asked to approve Superintendent Grant Norgaard discussing a lease arrangement with city at the regular school board meeting, Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room...
Work session centers on collaboration (03/26/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Tuesday's special meeting of the McCook Public Schools board of education included a work session with Marcia Herring on setting procedures and fostering collaboration among board members. Herring, with the Nebraska Association of School Boards, spoke on the importance of setting goals, communication and trust...
FFA Boosters pledge support (03/26/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A contingent of FFA supporters filled the junior high conference room Tuesday night at the special McCook School Board meeting, asking that they be included in the selection of a new agriculture teacher. Although not on the agenda, McCook FFA Boosters spoke at the beginning of the meeting during "Public Comments" and emphasized their commitment to and the importance of the ag program at McCook High School. ...
Upgrades planned for playground, high school gym, library (03/12/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Renovations in the McCook School District that will begin in the summer include improvements to the high school library and gym and new playground equipment at McCook Elementary. Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the school board at the regular meeting Monday night that the facilities committee recently toured sites in the district that were scheduled for upgrades...
New teacher is MHS grad (03/12/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- One of two teachers hired Monday night by the McCook School Board is a McCook High School graduate. The board hired Tori Peters of Omaha, Nebraska, as a junior high science teacher, who has been working as a science teacher at Omaha Northwest Magnet High School from January 2013 to the present. Board member Diane Lyons said Peters, who attended MHS with her daughter, graduated in 2008 and would be a great addition...
Board opts for shorter Christmas break (03/12/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The school calendar for next year that the McCook School Board approved will include a Christmas break that begins Dec. 24. Superintendent Grant Norgaard brought two options to the board Monday night at the regular meeting concerning the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year. ...
McCook school board approves purchase of iPads (03/11/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- By 5 to 1, The McCook School Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of 510 Apple iPads for high school students, at $244,290, with one board member questioning why funds weren't set aside in the budget for the purchase...
School board to consider iPads for every high school student (03/07/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Board of Education will be asked to approve $244,000 to purchase touch screen iPads for high school students, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. The board will also be asked to approve three resignations, two teaching contracts and the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year...
Long-time teachers retiring (02/14/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two long-time McCook Public School teachers will soon be closing their grade books one last time, when they retire at the end of this year. Gene Weedin, who taught history at the junior high for 16 years and Mary Dueland, who taught fourth grade for 37 years, will retire at the end of this school year...
School calendar change requested for Christmas, ski trips (02/12/14)
McCOOK,Nebraska -- A longer December break and time off in March for ski trips were revisions requested for next year's school calendar. Superintendent Grant Norgaard presented a draft of the calendar for next school year at Monday night's regular McCook School Board meeting, with board member Diane Lyons requesting that the Christmas break in December start Monday, Dec. ...
School board to appoint new member (02/07/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Board members will appoint a new board member, be asked to accept the resignations of two teachers and approve a contract for the new principal at the McCook Junior High, at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m., at the junior high conference room...
Board seeks candidates, one member votes against resignation (01/30/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The vote to formally recognize the resignation of school board member Larry Shields was 3 to 1, with one board member voting against it. The board met Wednesday night at a special meeting to vote on the resignation and to finalize interview procedures on how to fill Shields' seat...
School board plans special meeting (01/28/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A plea agreement was reached with a McCook man earlier this month who was charged in connection with beating his girlfriend unconscious and stabbing her with a knife. The woman escaped the ordeal after fleeing out a back door of their home when the offender, 38-year-old Christian R. Schaffert, got up to answer the front door...
Donations cover half of new bleachers (01/15/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Replacing the bleachers in the high school gym will cost a little more than $100,000, but half of that will be picked up by the McCook Bison Booster Club. The McCook School unanimously approved Monday night at the regular meeting the lowest bid received for replacing the bleachers, at $103,285 from Interkal of Kalamazoo, Michigan, aka Heartland Seating Inc. Another bid was submitted from Mid-States School Equipment Co. Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota...
Staff praised for adapting technology in new ways (01/15/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Internet is saving time for teachers at Central Elementary. Superintendent Grant Norgaard noted at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night that technology was put to good use with the recent online "book talks" that Central Elementary teachers participated in...
School board member submits resignation (01/14/14)
Lorri Sughroue McCook Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Citing constant division and power struggles, long-time board member Larry Shields has resigned unexpectedly from the McCook School Board. Shortly before the regular meeting Monday night, Shields, a seven-year member of the board, provided a resignation letter to other school board members and administration...
Personnel, bleacher bids on school board agenda (01/10/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve the resignations of two teachers, bids to replace bleachers at the high school gym and salary increases for teachers, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room...
Donation, resignation accepted (12/11/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board formally accepted, with gratitude, a donation for the wrestling program at the high school. The $900 donation from Earth Sound Inc. (Jim Kenny) will be used for the MHS wrestling team, to buy a mat lamp and mat hoist for the wrestling team...
Board in negotiations with teachers (12/11/13)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- With McCook school board members in negotiations for teacher salary increases, one board member asked them to remember who's footing the bill. McCook School Board member Larry Shields, an ag producer, cited an article from Farm Progress magazine during the regular school board meeting Monday night, that said agriculture landowners represent less than 3 percent of Nebraska population but pay about 24 percent of the total property taxes statewide. ...
Pilot program tracks classroom performance (12/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School District is taking part in a pilot program that monitors student classroom performance more specifically for instructors and administration. Provided by the Nebraska Department of Education as the result of a statewide "Longitudinal Data System" grant the NDE received, the McCook school district is 1 of 12 districts in the state that is participating in the pilot program, McCook Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board Monday night at its regular meeting.. ...
Long-time administrator retiring (12/06/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve the resignation of a long-time administrator and accept a donation for the wrestling program, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior HIgh conference room...
Citizens oppose NSAA transgender policy (11/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- About 30 concerned citizens and parents voiced their objections about an athletic transgender policy that is no longer in place, at the Nebraska State Athletic Association meeting in McCook Wednesday. Although no agenda item was listed for that item, members of the public had the first 30 minutes of the meeting to express their concerns...
Federal fund delay skews audit report (11/13/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- An increase in general funds is not as high as portrayed in a recent audit of McCook Public School accounts. Although general funds shows an increase of $783,983, that amount included about $250,000 from federal funds that were received in 2013, instead of 2012, Haney told Board of Education members at the regular meeting Monday night...
Students may each get iPads (11/12/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School district may join the ranks of schools providing a tablet computer to each student. McCook Public Schools technology directors Joel Bednar and Scott Johnson gave an update on the computers in the district Monday night at the regular McCook Board of Education meeting. ...
Wall of Fame named for '13 (11/06/13)
Wall of Fame named for '13 McCOOK, Nebraska -- Recipients of the 2013 Bison Alumni "Wall of Fame" have been announced by selection chair Steve Clapp. They are Barbara Jo (Anderson) Gaskins, Class of 1966, and Don Skoumal, Class of 1960. Barbara (Anderson) Gaskins' nomination letter emphasized her keen interest in people and in helping people, particularly young women. ...
Steamboat Springs trip, sports tickets among big Senior Celebration prizes (10/31/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Eight lucky McCook Senior High "Senior Celebration" fall raffle winners will be announced Monday. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Bison playoff game against Crete, Friday, Nov. 1, at Weiland Field in McCook, and Saturday, Nov. 2, outside Walmart...
McCook Elementary inviting veterans to special program (10/25/13)
Group backs state aid to preserve water supply GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A leading groundwater management group is recommending that Nebraska preserve its long-term water supply through state aid for canals, ponds and other storage projects...
McCook state test scores highest ever (10/17/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Students in the McCook School District have achieved an all-time high on Nebraska state testing. Students reached record levels in reading, mathematics, science and writing, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook Board of Education Monday night at the regular meeting...
Conflict simmers over inaction at June meeting (10/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Conflicts are still simmering among McCook Board of Education members after a June 11 hearing, as one member alleged Monday night that district policies were violated and another maintained there was no conflict of interest on his part...
McCook Junior High ranks high in science (10/09/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Out of 249 schools in Nebraska, students at McCook Junior High ranked the fifth highest in science. But state testing also shows that scores have dropped slightly in math at McCook Elementary. The Nebraska Department of Education released the State of the Schools report in late September, which included rankings of schools in Nebraska in different subjects, as well as results of state testing in reading, math and science administered to students...
Updated Commons Area proving popular (09/11/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The renovated commons area at McCook Senior High has caused kids to flock to the site. Using a fun motif that could be described as "retro future," the area features new checkered flooring, pendant lighting, new paint, bar stools and tables...
Legal issues send skate park back to the drawing board (09/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Although legal issues prevent McCook Public Schools from donating property for a skate park, supporters will continue to research the issue. The "Build McCook a Skate Park" group had hoped that the skate park could be built on donated property owned by the school district, in an area west of the high school and the YMCA. The issue had been discussed by the McCook School Board Facilities Committee, with an action item placed on Monday's agenda for the donation...
Fewer buyouts, valuation hike affect budget (09/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Higher property valuations and less money used for teacher retirement buyouts resulted in the 2013-14 budget for the McCook School district coming in lower than last year's by about half a million dollars. After the open hearing Monday night for the budget that preceded the regular meeting, the McCook School Board approved the 2013-14 district budget and the property tax request of $6,437,198.94...
New kitchen makes hot food easy at Central Elementary (08/29/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- No more cold food for fourth and fifth graders at Central Elementary. The $180,380 kitchen upgrade at Central allows food to be prepared on site, instead of being trucked over from McCook Elementary. "Cooking it here, they don't run out so often, when that happened last year, we'd have to wait a little bit," said one fifth grade girl waiting in line for lunch. Another fifth grader noted the increased size of the kitchen and how quickly lunch was served...
MHS ACT scores above average (08/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Composite ACT scores of McCook Senior High students scored higher than state and national averages. The ACT is a national college admissions test that scores students in English, reading, science and math. The highest score possible is 36...
School wrapping up summer construction projects (08/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Improvements at the McCook School District are wrapping up, just in time for the new school year. Business manager Rick Haney gave an update on the projects, totaling $440,758, for the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular board meeting...
Skate park question to school board? (08/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will be asked to donate property owned by the school district for a possible skate park. Mayor Dennis Berry, who is also the principal at McCook Junior High, told the school board at its regular meeting Monday that the McCook City Council has been approached by community members known as "Build McCook a Skate Park," requesting $75,000 toward cost of building a skate park. ...
MHS FFA gets green light for trip to Kentucky (08/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook High School FFA will be able to represent McCook at a national convention in Kentucky. After hearing a presentation from Chance Koetter and Nick Cole, FFA members at MHS, the McCook School Board later unanimously approved the request Monday night at the regular meeting from Sarah Knutson, MHS agricultural education instructor, for FFA members to attend the national FFA convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Kentucky and the Denver Stock Show...
Salary increases OKd for school administrators (08/13/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board gave Superintendent Grant Norgaard a unanimous vote of confidence, with a 2.9 percent increase in salary. The board met with Norgaard for his evaluation in closed session after the regular meeting Tuesday night. Norgaard left the closed meeting while the board discussed terms of his contract...
Administrative salary packages on school board agenda (08/09/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will discuss and possibly vote on administrative salary package increases, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. Superintendent Grant Norgaard may recommend a package for administration, at which point board members can discuss, vote or table it...
Early-out incentives still considered (07/11/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Although generally in favor of the "early out" incentive program at the junior high school, that allows eligible students not to attend the last two days of the school year, the McCook School Board wants to see data on how that program works before it's implemented...
Evaluation tabled for month (07/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A closed session to discuss evaluations for McCook School District Superintendent Grant Norgaard was tabled until August. Board members evaluations were not completed in time so the board will meet in closed session in August to assess Norgaard's performance...
School projects under way (07/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Construction continues to move forward at the McCook School District, with re-surfacing of the high school track now complete. Lines have been painted on the track and the new surface should hold up for about 14 years, said McCook School Business Manager Rick Haney at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night...
Board draws fire for failure to dismiss teacher (07/09/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Several members of the public asked the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting why a teacher who allowed underage drinking in her home was not terminated. At the meeting, four members of the community addressed the board concerning the hearing June 11, where McCook High School's principal Jerry Smith, assistant principal Jeff Gross and McCook School Superintendent Grant Norgaard recommended the termination of Lana Egle, a special education teacher at the McCook School District, after an investigation and interview with Egle revealed that she had allowed students to drink at her home on three separate occasions.. ...
School plans more cuts to kitchen project (07/08/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will be asked to approve a second decrease in cost for the kitchen remodel at Central Elementary, at the regular meeting tonight, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. The $1,160 decrease will deduct the costs associated with eliminating the center wall and one hand sink and relocating another hand sink...
School doing nearly half-million dollars in upgrades (06/11/13)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Almost a half million dollars worth of construction and improvement projects at the McCook School District are moving forward. Total construction/upgrade costs this summer, that include a new kitchen, new bus barn and high school track improvements, come to $440,758...
Board will vote on teacher's employment (06/11/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the McCook Junior High cafeteria, for a hearing on whether to continue or terminate the employment of a special education teacher at the high school, Lana Egle...
Cost cut for kitchen at Central (06/07/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A change order for the new kitchen now being constructed at McCook Elementary will reduce the $185,000 cost. At the regular McCook Board of Education meeting on Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High cafeteria, the board will be asked to approve the $3,450 change order, which eliminates the gas convection oven and gas connector. The adjusted price for the kitchen will be $181,540...
Good hair day? Principal keeps his word on reading challenge (05/20/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It's not every day you see a school principal with rainbow-colored hair, but kids at McCook Elementary had one for the last two days of school. McCook Elementary School Principal Tim Garcia sported rainbow-colored tresses Wednesday and Thursday, in response to a challenge he made to students beginning second semester...
Car parts donation creates enterprise for FFA students (05/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A donation worth $37,000 will keep McCook High School FFA students busy. The McCook School Board Monday night officially accepted with gratitude $37,000 worth of car parts from Annette Irwin, in memory of her late father, Otto Nilsson of Automotive Sales and Service...
State aid cut, but other schools have it worse (05/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The formula that determines state aid to schools was tweaked and resulted in a $110,000 decrease to McCook Public Schools. Although not happy with it, Superintendent Grant Norgaard said some schools were decreased substantially in their state aid and that the McCook district was in a good place financially to absorb this decrease...
School lunch prices up for third year in row (05/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- In an effort to match federal reimbursement rates, the McCook School Board approved the increase in meal prices for the third year in a row. In a unanimous vote Monday night at the regular meeting, the board voted to increase the price by 10 cents...
Head Start may have temporary home at elementary school (05/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Head Start may find a temporary home at McCook Elementary. Superintendent Grant Norgaard told McCook School Board members at the regular meeting Monday night that he has been in discussion with representatives of the McCook Head Start program in providing a temporary space for the program for the 2013-14 school year...
Officials ask for return of early-out (05/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Administration at the McCook Junior High would like to bring back the early-out incentive on the last two days of school, as well as a full day to go over data for elementary students transitioning into new buildings. Junior high students who exceeded test scores on achievement tests were allowed to get out the last two days of school, but this policy was discontinued two years ago. ...
Graduates say goodbye to MHS (05/13/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- With tears, hugs and shouts of joy, the McCook High School Class of 2013 formally ended their K-12 education Sunday with a standing-room only crowd at McCook Community College's Event Center. Superintendent Grant Norgaard opened the commencement ceremony and encouraged the students to keep their relationships strong with their classmates, community, friends, teachers and family. ...
Outdoor education day (05/07/13)
Third grader Max Weimer, above left, relaxes a bit while little sister Alice Weimer keeps an eye on his fishing pole. Parent volunteer David Allen, above right, of McCook baits a fishing line for third grader Angeles Rangel. Third graders, top, enjoy frolicking with a parachute at the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department nutrition station. ...
Rings for Reading (04/26/13)
McCook Elementary students keep a tight hold on their paper links in the wind as they form a "paper chain" around the entire school block Thursday. Students made a paper ring for each Accelerated Reader book they read and passed a test on, spurred on by the challenge of McCook Elementary principal Tim Garcia, who promised to dye his hair if the combined rings reached around the school. ...
School safety, crisis program next week (04/12/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Junior High plans an informational program on the new ALICE safety procedures used across the district as part of the crisis teams researched and tested active shooter response. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will last about an hour...
Program prize: Primary principal's painted pate (04/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Elementary students are reading up a storm, in hopes they can paint the hair of their principal. At the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, board member Diane Lyons expressed interest in an "Accelerated Reader" book challenge McCook Elementary students are undertaking. ...
Refinancing bonds will save school $1 million (04/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Almost $1 million will be saved over the next 14 years in the McCook School district, as the result of re-financing bonds that were sold for construction upgrades at McCook Elementary School. McCook Public School Business Manager Rick Haney told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting that the most recent re-financing will save $700,000 for taxpayers and the school district...
Car parts donation to benefit FFA (04/09/13)
McCOOK,Nebraska -- A hefty donation from a former business will reap monetary rewards for McCook FFA students. McCook School District business manager Rick Haney told the McCook School Board Monday night that Annette Irwin, of Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of recently deceased Otto Nilsson, owner of the former Automotive car part business in McCook, has donated $37,000 worth of car parts to the FFA program at the high school...
Cost of construction, endowment on county agenda (04/05/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners will hear from the designer and contractor concerning the guaranteed maximum price on the new Law Enforcement Center at Monday's regular meeting. Prochaska & Associates and Beckenhaur Construction Inc. will meet with commissioners at 11 a.m. Monday...
School board to be asked to amend budget (04/05/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A public hearing on amending the bond fund budget will open the McCook School Board meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m., at the junior high cafeteria. The public hearing is required as the budget is being amended to reflect the $700,000 saved when bonds for McCook Elementary were re-financed in January...
Kitchen project more costly than expected (04/02/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The cost of everything is going up, including construction for a kitchen planned at Central Elementary The costs of the kitchen upgrade at Central Elementary are more than what was estimated, so an interfund transfer will help pay for it...
School board to select contractor for Central kitchen (03/27/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will choose what contractor to use for upgrades at Central Elementary's kitchen, at its special meeting Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. The board will also consider the resignation from Cindy Monnahann, the elementary counselor...
Plans ready for Central Elementary kitchen (03/08/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Architects will present preliminary drawings for a new kitchen at Central Elementary and bids for the project will be approved, at the McCook Board of Education meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High Conference room. David Wilson of W Design will present drawings for the kitchen area that is planned at the middle school. Later at Tuesday's meeting, the board will be asked to approve bids on the project...
Bus barn contractor approved (02/12/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook school board approved a $147,000 bid from J.L. Construction Inc. to construct a new 5-bay bus barn at the former National Guard Armory building. McCook School District Business Manager Rick Haney said Monday evening, during the board's regularly scheduled meeting, the project had been on their radar for some time and "will be a huge benefit and asset for the district."...
Board to consider contractor, resignations (02/08/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to accept two resignations and approve a company for the bus barn project, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. The two resignations come from Arthur Rose, a resource teacher at Central Elementary and Ben Hyatt, a resource teacher at McCook Elementary...
School district seeks variance for bus barn (01/28/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Board of Zoning Adjustment will coordinate a public hearing, Monday evening, to discuss a request from McCook Public Schools for a variance from the yard setback requirements. The school district is seeking the variance to allow for the construction of a 88' by 52' metal building at 404 W. Seventh Street, the former National Guard Armory location...
Bredvick re-elected as school board reorganizes (01/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- New officers were elected at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night. Tom Bredvick was unanimously re-elected as board president, nominated by fellow board member Larry Shields. Bredvick nominated Sandy Krysl as vice president and she was unanimously elected. She takes over for Shields...
School board will elect officers Monday (01/11/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will elect officers and be asked to approve donations totaling $13,100, at the regular meeting Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. The board will elect president, vice president and secretary. Members will also appoint a treasurer. Per board policy and Nebraska School laws, the board will be asked to appoint the business manager Rick Haney as treasurer and as recording secretary for the board...
School incident training emphasizes action (01/09/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- They're smiling, and giggling. Hey, piling our school desks and chairs in front of the classroom door is fun. It's only seven degrees outside -- "Do we actually have to go outside?" Acting scared isn't easy to pull off. But if the circumstances were real -- if an armed intruder were really stalking the hallways of one of McCook Public Schools' buildings -- there would be no smiling, no giggling. ...
Bleachers upgraded, old armory expanded (12/12/12)
LORRI SUGHOUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- The "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" philosophy is alive and well at the McCook Junior High, where bleachers in the gym have been refurbished. The bleachers were shaky with no steps or safety panels, said Rick Haney, McCook School Business Manager at the regular school board meeting Monday...
Donation, tech plan up for approval (12/07/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Items the McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve at Monday night's regular meeting include a donation from Wagner Ford and the district's technology plan. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room...
Plans for new kitchen at Central Elementary on fast track (11/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Plans for a kitchen at Central Elementary were approved and students will able to have lunches prepared on site beginning of next year. The McCook Board of Education unanimously approved at its regular meeting to move forward with the kitchen remodel plans, with W Designs as the architect. A date for bids for the project can now be set...
Skate park group asks for school for property (11/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Skateboard enthusiasts young and old alike requested a portion of school land to be donated for a skate park. Adults and students attended Monday night's regular McCook School Board meeting and two students, Christian Nelson and Brigham Larington, told the board that 1,000 signatures have been collected in support of a skate park. ...
Graduation moved to college site (11/13/12)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Citing climate control, a better sound system and safety issues, the McCook School Board voted 5 to 1 to move the high school graduation ceremony from Weiland Field to McCook Community College's Event Center...
Home grown teachers -- fifth in a series Small town life draws MHS alumnus back to home school (10/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Absence makes the heart grow fonder, something Andrea Soden Malleck, the new eighth grade science teacher at McCook Junior High, has learned first hand. A 2006 McCook High School graduate, Malleck earned her four year degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder...
Home grown teachers -- He keeps his cool in first year as MHS teacher (10/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Richard Smock is back in school, and this time he's not sweating. Well, maybe a little, but in a different way. When he graduated from McCook High School in 2004, parts of the high school did not have air conditioning and Smock remembers the stifling heat in his history class...
Home grown teachers -- PE teacher remembers what seventh grade was like (10/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It took a stint in sales for Jeff Holthus of McCook to realize that he wanted to be back in the classroom. And now, nine years after graduating from McCook Senior High, he's made it back, as the physical education and health teacher at McCook Junior High...
School plans to upgrade track (10/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A new track surface is on-tap for the McCook High School. Re-surfacing the track is one of several upgrades that the school district is planning, according to McCook Business Manager Rick Haney. Haney updated the McCook School Board at its regular meeting Monday night and said that bids for re-surfacing the existing track would be presented to the Facilities Committee and that members could address which direction to go...
Low interest rates to save school half million (10/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Re-financing bonds used for renovation at McCook Elementary will not reduce the tax request or levy, but will save the school district a half million dollars. With the current low interest rates, the re-financing will allow the district to save $570,000 and allow the district to pay off the bond one year earlier, by 2024, said McCook Public Schools Business Manager Rick Haney...
School board grills food service chief (10/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Buy more food locally, the McCook School Board suggested to a representative of the food service program used by the school district. Larry Young, food service manager of Sodexho, addressed the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting, to update them on the new federal mandates regarding school meals...
School emphasizes 'we' attitude (10/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It's becoming a "we" instead of a "me" thing when it comes to new teaching practices at McCook Schools. "Teachers can no longer go by themselves into their room and close their doors," Superintendent Grant Norgaard said Monday night at the regular McCook School Board meeting. Instead, the new teaching theory McCook teachers are using emphasizes collaborative efforts among teachers of all grades, to identify learning goals and to build on successes...
Home grown teachers -- Alumnus: Coming home a good idea (10/09/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Joel Arterburn didn't have to think twice when he was offered the job as a third grade teacher at McCook Elementary. "My wife and I hopped right on it," he laughed. "My wife was driving to work every day in Lincoln while I was student teaching in Wahoo, and she was sick of the commute...
New eligibility policy IDs students falling behind (10/09/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A new eligibility policy put into place last year at the high school has identified between 26-28 students not meeting academic standards. Superintendent Grant Norgaard updated the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting on the progress of the eligibility policy that the board approved last year...
Refinancing bonds on board agenda (10/05/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will consider approving the re-financing of bonds issued for the renovation at McCook Elementary, at the regular board meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. Superintendent Grant Norgaard said if the board approves re-financing the general obligation bonds, Series 2008, of Red Willow County School District 0017, to get a lower interest rate, McCook school district and taxpayers will save approximately $570,000 over the life of the bond.. ...
Board OKs open enrollment resolution (08/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A resolution concerning how many students can transfer into the McCook School District was approved by the McCook Board of Education Monday night. Also known as open enrollment, the option enrollment resolution outlines how many students are allowed to opt into the McCook school district from their home school district...
School may review budget requirements (08/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Graduation requirements may get a little more strict in the future for McCook school students. Without getting into specifics, Superintendent Grand Norgaard told McCook School Board members Monday night at the regular board meeting that he and staff were researching the possibility of "expecting more out of McCook graduates." Further research would be done on the idea, he added...
School board studies policy on student fees (08/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- If a McCook student cannot afford to participate in a school activity due to financial difficulty, that need is always taken care of, said McCook Schools Business Manager Rick Haney. "I don't think we have ever looked a kid in the eye and said we wouldn't take care of it," Haney told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting, during the discussion of "Student Fees" school policy...
Bus barn sale contingent on zoning change (08/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska --The sale of McCook School district property on West Q will be held up for a while, contingent on the re-zoning of the property. The bus barn property on West Q Street, approximately three and half acres with metal buildings, was listed by the school district for $175,000. Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the school board at the regular meeting Monday night that the property has been sold but the sale is not final until the area is re-zoned...
School board policies up for review, approval (08/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve several school policies up for annual review, at the regular meeting Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. Policies the board will be asked to approve include those concerning parental involvement in school, bullying prevention and student fees...
Junior High orientation this week (08/06/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Junior High School will present an orientation program for students who will be attending the junior high for the first time in the fall of 2012: Thursday, Aug. 9 -- 9 a.m., all sixth-graders with last names beginning with A through G; 10:30 a.m., all sixth-graders with last names beginning with H through M...
School chief offered three-year contract (07/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board retained Superintendent Grant Norgaard with one member voting against it. At the regular school board meeting Monday night, McCook School Board member Shane Messersmith was the lone opposing vote on the board that approved the three-year, 2 percent package increase for Norgaard. After the vote, Messersmith stated, "I have a hard time with the three years. There are issues in our school district that need to be taken care of sooner rather than later."...
School board tables student fees (07/10/12)
McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- After discussing what clubs and activities qualify, the McCook School Board tabled action adopting the policy concerning Student Fees. Student Fees is an account at the McCook School District, mandated by state law, that can be accessed by students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, to help pay for extracurricular activities. ...
Student fees, superintendent's contract on school board agenda (07/06/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will have a public hearing to review the board policy concerning student fees, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. Student fees is an account at the McCook Public Schools that can be accessed by students and their families who qualify for free and reduced lunches, to help pay for school activities, such as for art club, band, or physical education...
Administrators get 2 percent raise (06/13/12)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Administrators at McCook Public School will get a 2 percent increase in their base pay, contingent on individual performance. The McCook School Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night at the regular meeting in favor of the 2 percent increase for the 2012-13 year, to be allocated at Superintendent Grant Norgaard's discretion...
Still no buyers for unused school property on West Q (06/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- There have been a few nibbles, but still no buyers for McCook School District property on West Q. No definite offer has been made yet, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting...
Copier contract up for renewal (06/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools will be renewing their copier contract soon, a contract that could cost about $30,000 per year. McCook Schools Business Manager Rick Haney told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting that the copy agreement with Eakes Office Products is up and that a new contract will have to be negotiated by Fall...
School welcomes back sixth grad (06/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Another McCook Senior High alumni is coming back home. Jessica Harris, a 2007 MHS graduate, was hired by the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting as a second grade teacher at McCook Elementary. This is the sixth MHS graduate hired this year for McCook Public Schools...
Scores down as schools adjust to new writing tests (06/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Although McCook students this year scored above the state average at every level in writing assessments, proficiency scores dropped due to a new, more rigorous test given in 8th and 11th grades. Proficiency scores dipped across the state due to the new testing, said McCook School Superintendent Grant Norgaard at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night...
School board to consider teaching contract (06/08/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve a teaching contract at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. In addition to approving the contract for John Benjamin Hyatt as a special education teacher, the board will also be asked to approve the 2012-2012 student handbook for the junior/senior high and administrative compensation package...
Prices to raise by 5 cents (05/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It will cost five cents more to buy meals at McCook Schools next year. The McCook School Board of Education unanimously approved the increase at the regular meeting Monday night. The increase is in response to new federal guidelines concerning government reimbursements to schools offering free- and reduced-price lunches...
Food service retained on 4-2 school board vote (05/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After much discussion, the McCook School Board of Education voted to keep the current food service company, Sodexo, by 4 to 2. Negotiations with Sodexo for a one-year contract, renewable for up to five years, will now be worked out...
Goodbye, hello for 2012 MHS seniors (05/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Saying goodbye to high school and hello to the future, more than 100 seniors from the 2012 class of McCook High School graduated under sunny skies at Weiland Field Sunday afternoon. "We worked our way up the ladder, from the underdogs of freshmen to the top dogs of seniors," said Sierra Ortiz, one of the senior speakers at the graduation ceremony...
Lunch price increase tabled again (04/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- School lunch prices will be increased, but just how much and when it will be implemented is still not clear. The McCook School Board tabled any action at the regular meeting Monday night. McCook School District Business Manager Rick Haney told the board that the federal government will provide a formula for schools, that will calculate the rate and what amount the increase would be...
School board approves new hires, resignations (04/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Three resignations and five teaching contracts were approved by the McCook School Board Monday night. The board accepted with gratitude the resignations of the district school psychologist Lynse Schmidt, Melissa Wallen, second grade teacher at McCook Elementary and Beverly Schlager, who taught reading at the junior high...
Test prep program showing results (04/11/12)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Thanks to a new study program, a student at McCook Senior High raised her ACT results high enough to score a coveted scholarship. After being introduced by MHS Principal Jerry Smith, senior Betsy Hardin told McCook School Board members at their regular meeting Monday night that after taking the John Baylor prep test offered at the high school, she was able to raise her ACT score from 29 to 32...
Part of roof on old armory must be repaired (04/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School District will have to replace part of the roof at the former National Guard Armory building. The district purchased the armory from the state in September 2011 for $82,500. Students from the alternative educational LIFT program now occupy the building...
Administrative salaries tabled, for now (04/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board postponed any action on salaries and benefits for administration. After the regular meeting Monday night, the board met in closed session to discuss the compensation package for school principals, assistant principals and other administrative staff. No action was taken after the closed session...
School board tightens grade policy for activities (04/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- An academic policy that was shot down by the 2006 McCook School Board, was approved by current board members Monday night. The board passed a written policy that tightens up academic standards for students involved in sports or clubs, which requires students to maintain passing grades in all but one class in order to remain eligible for participation in a competition...
School board asked to boost price for lunch (04/06/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will be asked to approve increased lunch prices and contracts for new teachers, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. The increase is needed to meet new federal guidelines concerning government reimbursements to schools offering free- and reduced-price lunches. To meet the new federal guidelines, the McCook School system was notified last year that it will have to increase meal prices by 30 cents...
Teens reminded: you are your choices (03/30/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Sometimes, it's the smallest choices that have the largest impact, something Crista Hudson of McCook knows all about, Sitting in a wheelchair on stage at the McCook High School auditorium, the pretty and vibrant 22-year-old featured speaker didn't mince words at the "Think and Drive Stay Alive" program Thursday...
Resource officer requests gun safety program (03/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Kids and guns don't mix, especially in Nebraska where guns are in almost every household, said McCook School Resource Officer John Smith Monday night. Smith, who is also a McCook Police Officer, spoke to the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting and asked that a gun safety program be implemented for first and third graders...
Academic standards tightening (03/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Academic requirements concerning students who participate in school activities will become a little stricter, with a new policy McCook School Board members are working on. The Activities Committee, comprised of McCook School Board members Larry Shield, chair, Diane Lyons and Sandy Krysl, is tightening academic standards for students involved in school-sanctioned organizations...
Welcome back, another MHS graduate (03/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Another McCook High School alumni is coming home to teach. The McCook Board of Education approved Monday night at the regular meeting the teaching contract for Richard Smock, a recent MHS graduate. Smock will teach Social Studies at the McCook Senior High...
Teachers get new contract (03/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Teachers in the McCook School District will receive pay increases over the next two years. The McCook Board of Education approved salary contracts between the McCook School District and the McCook Education Association, the local teachers' union, for the years 2012-13 and 2013-14...
School meal price increase tabled (03/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska --The McCook school board tabled a school lunch price hike until it can get more information. The increase is needed to respond to new federal guidelines concerning government reimbursements to schools offering free- and reduced-price lunches...
McCook School Board to consider lunch price hikes, teacher contracts (03/09/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve teacher contracts, teacher resignations and price increases for school breakfast/lunch, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. The board will be asked to approve the resignations of Dee Friehe, fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary and April Green, third grade teacher at McCook Elementary. ...
Property sales help fund improvements (02/17/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- School property that the McCook School district is selling will help fund improvements at the former armory for vehicle storage. At a special meeting Thursday noon, the McCook School Board of Education gave the go-ahead for Superintendent Grant Norgaard to list the bus barn property on West Q, with Melanie Goodenberger and Golden Plains Realty...
Property sale, contracts on agenda for special school board meeting (02/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A special meeting of the McCook School Board of Education will be Thursday, noon, at the McCook Junior High cafeteria. The board will first meet in closed session to discuss the sale of two parcels of real estate: the former LIFT building on North U.S.Highway 83 and the bus barn location at Q Street...
Local grads among new teachers (02/15/12)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board unanimously approved three teaching contracts for next year, with two recent area graduates beginning their career at McCook Schools. At the regular meeting Monday night, the board approve a contract for Kim (Brown) Heimann as the junior high language arts teacher. ...
Official wants longer summer school for grade school kids (02/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Summer school for kids who struggle in elementary grades could be a possibility in the future. Superintendent Grant Norgaard brought up the idea at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night. Calling it "a vision down the road," Norgaard told the board, "I'm not thinking this summer, maybe not even next summer...but it could make a difference in a drastic way."...
Local grads among new teachers (02/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board unanimously approved three teaching contracts for next year, with two recent area graduates beginning their career at McCook Schools. At the regular meeting Monday night, the board approve a contract for Kim (Brown) Heimann as the junior high language arts teacher. Heimann graduated from McCook High school in 2005 and graduated in 2011 from Peru State College with Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a BS in K-12 physical education...
School board meetings to start later (02/15/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- School board meetings were officially pushed back an half hour. At the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, members voted unanimously to amend board policy to conduct regular meetings at 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. Positive comments from the board and administration included:...
Teacher negotiations still under way (02/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Salary negotiations between the McCook School Board and the local teachers union are closer to being finalized. An offer made by the McCook School Board to the McCook Education Association, the local union that represents McCook teachers, will be voted on today by members...
School board OK's early dismissals each Wednesday (02/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education approved early dismissals every week next year, but want to make sure the time is well spent. The board approved the 2012-13 school calendar at its regular meeting Monday night, that includes a 2 p.m. dismissal every Wednesday for teacher in-service time. This would occur from Sept. 2 to April 24 and apply to all the schools in the McCook district. Currently, 2 p.m. dismissals occur every other Wednesday...
New principals hired (02/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A former superintendent and a current assistant principal/head basketball coach have been hired as new principals for McCook Public Schools. The McCook School Board of Education, at its regular meeting Monday night, approved the contract for Kate Repass of Hayes Center, as curriculum director/principal for Central Elementary. ...
Three resignations, five contracts on school board agenda (02/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve three teacher resignations, three teaching contracts and two contracts for principals, at the regular meeting Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High cafeteria Teachers resigning effective the end of this school year include Denise Lee, a teacher at Central for 24 years; George Briggs, who has taught at MHS for 40 years and Kari Quigley, a special education teacher...
Superintendent: Testing more than grades (01/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public School teachers are taking steps to create tests that focus on quality, rather than quantity. "Its more than putting grades into a grade book and moving on," said Superintendent Grant Norgaard at Monday's McCook School Board meeting. "The goal is to use the best instructional techniques to get the best possible results from students...
Board election takes two ballots (01/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook School Board member Diane Lyons retained her position as secretary, but it took two ballots to get there. School Board members elected the president, vice president and secretary at their regular meeting Monday night. Current president Tom Bredvick was unanimously retained as president, after being nominated by Lyons. Due to the lack of other nominations, the vote was not by secret ballot and board members stated their vote...
School budget reflects federal budget cuts (01/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Federal grants to the McCook School District have been awarded and some changes have been made in reimbursements. MPS Business Manager Rick Haney advised the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting that the 2012-13 budget will be adjusted according to the slight decrease in reimbursement amounts from the awards...
School board reorganizing for new year (01/06/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will elect new officers, at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room. By board policy, the superintendent will chair the election of the president and then the newly-elected president will preside over the other elections of vice president and secretary...
Board discusses property sale in executive session (12/14/11)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Public School District may have some property up for sale in the future. At Monday nights' regular Board of Education meeting, the board met in closed session after the regular meeting, to discuss the sale of district properties...
August hail did $140,000 damage to school property (12/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School District sustained an excess of $140,000 in damages from the August hailstorm. But the insurance reimbursement have been received and will repair the damage, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting...
Committee in talks with local teachers (12/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook School Board members on the Negotiation Committee are in talks with the local teacher's union on next year's salaries and benefits. The committee, comprised of Tom Bredvick, Sandy Krysl and Shane Messersmith, have been meeting with the McCook Education Association, with the latest meeting Tuesday morning...
Bus barn at armory may have to wait (12/13/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Depending on funds available, the McCook School Board of Education will take a "wait- and-see" attitude about when the building it purchased in September will house district vehicles. At the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, McCook Public School Superintendent Grand Norgaard gave a brief presentation on recent updates underway at the former Nebraska Army National Guard building, that the district purchased in September...
City hopes law firm will find answers (12/09/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- While city staff downplayed the expense of hiring Howard Olsen of Simmons Olsen Law Firm in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, as an outside firm to aide in defining a state law that both the State Attorney General's Office and League of Municipalities have been unwilling to offer an official stance on, Councilman Aaron Kircher warned that the city faces additional legal expenses either way it proceeds...
Old armory on school board agenda (12/09/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will hear a presentation on the former Nebraska Army National Guard Armory building the school district has purchased, at its regular meeting Monday night, 6 p.m. at the Junior High Conference room...
'Infinite Campus' helps keeps school, families connected (11/17/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It's magic -- computer magic. McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools can make thousands of phone calls in minutes, alerting parents to snow days or late starts, or, heaven forbid, an emergency or crisis. But, before the messages and alerts can go out, parents must go on the schools' website -- mccookbison.org -- log in on "Infinite Campus" (upper right-hand side) and set up their phone numbers and email addresses in "Contact Preferences" (lower left-hand side)...
School board reviews audit (11/16/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After several years of saving, the McCook School District was able to use money from two funds in the budget, for upgrades at the high school and to purchase a building. The Special Building Fund, as well as the Depreciation Fund, are part of the budget of the McCook School District and are used to purchase items that will be needed in the future, MPS Business Manager Rick told school board members at their regular meeting Monday night...
School board brings absences policy into line with state law (11/16/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- State legislators and the McCook Public School system are taking school attendance more seriously. A new school policy approved by the McCook School Board Monday night at its regular meeting will allow five excused or unexcused absences per quarter (nine weeks), instead of the previous seven days...
School works to occupy old National Guard armory (11/16/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Work is progressing at the former National Guard Armory, now owned by the McCook School District. The McCook School district purchased the building this year for $82,500. There were no other bidders, according to state officials. The district plans to use it for students after some remodeling, as well as to house some of the activity buses...
Intruder drills go well (11/15/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The recent "intruder drills" at McCook Public Schools highlighted a few areas that needed to be addressed, said MPS Superintendent Grant Norgaard. During the "Board and Administrative Comments" portion at the regular school board meeting Monday night, Norgaard said on the whole, the drills were conducted as planned and much was learned, but that he and staff realized that they weren't totally prepared for every issue that came up...
McCook Elementary principal takes early retirement (11/15/11)
MCCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School District will be looking for a new elementary school principal. At its regular meeting Monday night, the McCook Board of Education accepted with the resignation of McCook Elementary Principal Lynda Baumbach, who has been with the McCook Public School system for 24 years...
School hopes to rein in heating costs (11/15/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Public School system will join a new cooperative, with the goal of reining in heating costs. The McCook Board of Education unanimously approved Monday night at its regular meeting to participate in an interlocal agreement with the Nebraska Choice Joint Utilities Management Program -- CJUMP...
Board approves contract with new teacher (10/11/11)
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...
Kids now must be slightly older for Kindergarten (10/11/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Children entering kindergarten next year will have to be a little older than before. The McCook School Board adopted a compulsory attendance policy Monday night at its regular meeting, that will require children to be five years old by July 31, instead of the current Oct. 15 deadline...
Heat, air upgrades on schedule at schools (10/11/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Infrastructure improvements at the district's schools are still moving forward, said McCook School District Business Manager Rick Haney, This includes the heating and air conditioning upgrades at the high school, Haney said Monday night at the regular McCook School Board meeting...
'Attendance team' gets credit for improvement in tardies and truancies (10/11/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Tardies/truancies issues have have improved since the implementation of the new "attendance team" at McCook High School. During 'Positive Comments" at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, Board President Tom Bredvick noted how attendance problems have decreased at the high school. He gave credit to members MHS Principal Jerry Smith, Resource Officer John Smith, Activities Director Darin Nichols and LIFT Program Administrator, Jeff Gross...
School buys old armory for $82,500 (09/27/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard confirmed Monday that the district has purchased the former Nebraska Army National Guard Armory from the state for $82,500. In August, following the McCook School Board's one-hour closed session, (allowed under law to discuss the acquisition of property), members authorized Norgaard to submit a sealed bid to purchase the armory...
Board OKs $5.7 million in local taxes (09/13/11)
MCCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board approved the budget request of $5.7 million in local property taxes, to fund the 2011-12 school budget. After a public hearing Monday night at which no member of the public spoke, the board later adopted the $5.7 million tax request for the general fund, bond fund and special building fund...
FFA gets $10,000 in anonymous donations (09/13/11)
LORRI SUGHROUE McCook Daily Gazette McCOOK, Nebraska -- Thanks to $10,000 in anonymous donations, the high school FFA club will have its own classroom. The McCook school board unanimously accepted the donations of $4,000, $3,000 and $3,000 at its regular meeting Monday night at the Junior High conference room. Rick Haney, McCook School Business Manager, said the funds would be used to construct a classroom in the auto body shop for FFA...
Budget hearing Monday for McCook Public Schools (09/09/11)
MCCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will have a budget hearing and public hearing on the 2011-12 proposed budget, 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12 at the Junior High Conference Room. The proposed total 2011-12 tax request is $5,783,293.00. Total budget for all funds is proposed at $21,726,111.61...
School board picks member, swears her in (08/09/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The five-member board of education of McCook Public Schools elected a mother of two and an office manager to fill a vacancy created in June by the resignation of a board member found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Teresa Thomas, who manages the University of Nebraska Extension office in Red Willow County and McCook, was elected on a 3-2 vote to fill the seat of Maury Green. ...
School may buy old armory (08/04/11)
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education will discuss the possible purchase of the former Nebraska Army National Guard Armory at its monthly meeting Monday, at 6 p.m., in the junior high board room...
School board to interview two potential members Monday (08/04/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education members will interview at their meeting Monday the two candidates who expressed an interest in serving on the school board by the Aug. 1 deadline. Both Darin Morgan and Teresa Thomas will be interviewed, and one or the other will be seated immediately to continue with the final two agenda items of the meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., in the junior high board room...
Applications being accepted for school board (07/12/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education will interview applicants for a board vacancy at its monthly meeting in August. At their July meeting Monday evening, board members agreed upon a process to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Maury Green, who resigned his school board position June 13...
Board VP questions raises for teachers on 'improvement plans' (07/12/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook School Board vice president Larry Shields voted "No" on a negotiated package and pay raise for teachers and also on the 2011-12 compensation package for administrators. Shields said it isn't the 3.17 percent increase that bothers him so much as offering the same pay raise to teachers for whom administrators have written "improvement plans."...
School board accepts member's resignation (06/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools Board of Education members accepted the resignation Monday evening of a fellow board member found guilty in May of driving while intoxicated and disturbing the peace. Board president Tom Bredvick read a brief letter of resignation, dated May 27, from board member Maury Green, a McCook attorney found guilty of DWI and disturbing the peace in Red Willow County District Court on May 26. ...
School board extends contract for three years (06/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education members at their monthly meeting Monday evening unanimously approved a new contract and salary increase for Superintendent Grant Norgaard. Norgaard has completed two full years as superintendent, and his first employment contract was a two-year contract that is set to expire June 30, 2011...
Personnel top items for school board (05/10/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools' board of education members accepted the resignation of a 39-year teacher and approved the hiring of seven new teachers at their monthly meeting Monday evening. The board also took the first steps in the annual evaluation of Superintendent Grant Norgaard. "My intent is to request a contract extension," board president Tom Bredvick told fellow board members...
Electronic document idea presented to school board (04/15/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Superintendent Grant Norgaard told board members that making the move to electronic documents would be "a positive move," improving efficiency and organization for board members, board committee members and administrators. Board members would be able to log onto a web-based service to access agendas, documents needed for board meetings, policies and meeting minutes. Electronic documents have the capability of reducing paper use and costs and manpower hours, Norgaard said...
McCook High School to finally get air conditioning (04/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, High School students will have a new heating system this winter, and air conditioning -- yes, AC -- next spring. At their monthly meeting Monday evening, board of education members accepted a proposal from Siemens Industry Inc. ...
Officials: New books are a bargain (04/12/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools' curriculum director told board of education members Monday evening that the new K-5 reading materials are valued at $469,000. Finance director Rick Haney said he was expecting to spend anywhere between $188,000 and $225,000, "or whatever we needed."...
School calendar must prove itself by boosting scores (03/15/11)
We tend to agree with the president of the McCook school board, who said he is a firm believer in the "butts-in-the-seats learning" concept when it comes to learning. Other school officials and teachers may also agree, but they're making more time for teacher training, approving a 2011-12 school calendar that includes six all-day teacher in-service or work days and 16 early dismissals for putting teachers' butts in the seats...
School calendar includes twice monthly early outs (03/15/11)
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education Monday evening unanimously approved a calendar for 2011-12 that includes six all-day teacher in-service and/or work days and 16 early dismissals for teacher training...
School plans to amend current budget (03/11/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- In an move to preserve and protect the school district's pre-existing budget authority, McCook Public Schools board of directors will, at their meeting Monday evening, amend the district's 2010-11 budget. The meeting will open at 6 p.m., in the junior high cafeteria, with a public hearing to explain and accept comments from the public on the proposal to move $1.8 million from budgeted cash reserve to budgeted disbursements and transfers...
Official not afraid board will allow guns in school (02/16/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools' superintendent told board of education members during their monthly meeting Monday evening that he's not afraid the board will agree to state legislation allowing guns in school. Nebraska Sen. Mark Christensen's proposed bill, LB 516, allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools "is not positive," and is "not the right direction" for McCook Public Schools, according to Superintendent Grant Norgaard...
School board gets first look at calendars (02/15/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools board of education members got their first look at calendar proposals for the 2011-12 school year at their February meeting Monday evening, and found one calendar similar to this year's, and another that includes two early dismissals each month September through April for teacher training...
Schools receive top audit rating (01/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools' board of education president said at a board meeting Monday evening that every organization that goes through an audit of its financial records hopes for an "unqualified opinion." "Unqualified ... no reservations. That's the best audit you can get," MPS board president Tom Bredvick said. "That's our goal ... to get an unqualified audit."...
Public, parochial schools will share mentoring program (12/14/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools will share its TeamMates mentoring program with St. Patrick's Catholic School, also of McCook, following action Monday evening by the MPS board of education. MPS board members voted unanimously to open the MPS TeamMates program to St. ...
McCook school will enact dating violence policy (11/09/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Meeting Monday night, the McCook Public Schools board of education approved board policy 504.05, which defines dating violence and provides for training for staff and personnel to identify the signs of dating violence and inappropriate dating behaviors that may be happening inside and outside the school environment...
Board OKs new bus, pay scale (11/09/10)
McCook school board members approved purchase of a new route bus and set a new base salary for teachers Monday night. The McCook Public Schools board of education agreed that the school should spend $74,600 to replacing a 1993 route bus with about 270,000 miles...
New classrooms nearly ready for developmental students (10/29/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook Elementary teacher waits anxiously for her new classroom. "I can't wait. I can't wait. I can't wait," laughs teacher Laura Nokes. Laura's Structured Resource classroom is one of two new classrooms in an addition built this year onto the northwest corner of McCook Elementary. The second classroom will be for Laura Blomstedt's Development Learning Center students...
School board speeds policy approval (10/12/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Board of Education approved a policy Monday evening at its regular meeting which rescinds the current second reading requirement needed to adopt new policies. Board members were split 4-2 on the measure with dissenting votes coming from board members Diane Lyons and Shane Messersmith...
School board approves $5.6 million tax request (09/14/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Public School system will be facing major fiscal challenges in the next few years, but officials hope a budget approved unanimously Monday night will help ease the pain. After a hearing at which no member of the public chose to speak, the school board voted unanimously to approve a $20 million budget of expenditures that will ask for $5.6 million in local property taxes...
Superintendent sees room for improvement (08/26/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Results of reading tests taken in the spring of 2010 by all of Nebraska's third through eighth graders and eleventh graders indicate that, on average, 70 percent of McCook Public Schools' students are meeting or exceeding state reading standards...
Contract extended for superintendent, school food services (07/13/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Public Schools' board of education signed two contracts at its July board meeting Monday evening, one extending the superintendent's contract and increasing his salary, the other continuing the district's food service. Superintendent Grant Norgaard has completed his first year at MPS, having been hired in February 2009 and paid $131,000 for the first year of a two-year contract from July 1, 2009, until June 30, 2011...
School changes health coverage for paraprofessionals (05/11/10)
McCook Public Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard said this morning that a change in insurance benefits for the school district's 58 paraprofessionals is a cost-offset effort in response to ever-increasing insurance costs and reductions in state aid...
MHS Class of 2010 ready to blaze a trail (05/10/10)
By CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Nebraska -- One of McCook Senior High's newest graduates promised his fellow students during graduation Sunday afternoon that they have all the opportunities in the world waiting for them. Another told them not to fear the future, that it's okay not to know now what they want to do...
Arriving in style (04/19/10)
Student-built robot struts its stuff for McCook school board (04/14/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Last fall, four McCook Senior High students started building a competition robot, and by the end of February, it could perform autonomously and manually. In after-school sessions throughout the winter, Shelby Hudson, Dakota Baumgartner, Trevor Pate and Tristan Thomas -- students of MHS automotive technology teacher Ron Barger -- built and modified a robot kit to compete in the 2009-10 Midwest VEX Robotics "Clean Sweep" tournament hosted Feb. ...
Board authorizes use of contingency funds (04/13/10)
McCook Public Schools' board of education, at their monthly meeting Monday evening, authorized the use of special building funds if contingencies in the construction of new classrooms at McCook Elementary exceed the federal stimulus grant awarded to build them...
Board OKs $389k for staff buyout (03/09/10)
McCook Public Schools board of education members at their monthly meeting Monday evening approved paying $389,000 in early retirement incentives to 10 teachers who represent 230 years of experience. The board offered the one-time early retirement program, called "Temporary Separation Incentive Policy," in January in anticipation of a reduction in state aid to McCook's school district. That reduction, Superintendent Grant Norgaard reported Monday evening, will be approximately $307,959...
Ten McCook teachers to accept buyouts (03/05/10)
Ten McCook Public Schools teachers have accepted one-time early retirement incentives, and their resignations will be discussed at the March board of education meeting Monday. The meeting, in the junior high conference room, begins at 6 p.m. The school district's "Temporary Separation Incentive Policy" program is designed to save personnel costs, replacing a higher-earning long-time teacher/administrator with a younger candidate hired at a lower salary. ...
School board OKs SPED director, classroom addition (02/19/10)
McCook Public School board of education members approved a contract for the new special education director and plans for a classroom addition at McCook Elementary during a special board meeting at noon Friday. John Hanson of Elba will split his time as SPED director 60/40 between McCook Public Schools and Educational Service Unit No. 15, Trenton, when he starts with the 2010-2011 school year...
School may add 5 minutes to schedule (02/02/10)
McCook Public Schools may add five minutes to its schedule for the 2010-11 school year. Superintendent Grant Norgaard told board members at their monthly meeting Monday evening that two instructional days lost in next year's calendar due to teacher training can be recaptured by adding five minutes to the daily schedule. "There is a need to lengthen classroom time on day-to-day basics to get content and curriculum covered," he said...
Top bidders disappointed in rejection of District 8 offer (02/02/10)
By CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor The decision Monday evening to list the former District 8 schoolhouse for sale disappointed the rural McCook couple who submitted the high bid at the property auction last Friday. Following a 50-minute closed session called during the board's monthly meeting to discuss personnel and the sale of District 8 property, board members voted 4-2 to reject all bids for the property and list it for sale with a real estate agent. ...
No sale: Bid for old Distrct 8 school not high enough (01/29/10)
The former District 8 schoolhouse two miles southwest of McCook did not sell at auction Friday morning. The final bid of $48,000 generated at the auction at the Chief Restaurant and any other subsequent bids will be presented to the McCook Public Schools board of education at its meeting Monday, starting at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the junior high...
School board approves one-time buyout plan (01/12/10)
McCook Public Schools' board of education Monday evening approved a one-time program to pay financial incentives to long-time teachers and administrators wanting to leave the school system, a program reacting to an anticipated reduction in state aid...
Higher scores credited to new learning system (11/12/09)
McCook Public Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard and staff members Karen Miller and Gayle Sharkey updated school board members Monday on assessments and school improvement, which, Norgaard said, are getting more attention from the state's Department of Education...
Old District 8 on agenda (11/09/09)
McCook Public Schools board of education members will discuss the fate of the District 8 school house facilities and the planning of special education classrooms at McCook Elementary during their meeting starting at 6 p.m., today, in the junior high conference room...
Superintendent thinks new school is cool (09/09/09)
McCook's public school system has met or exceeded the expectations of its new superintendent, a former elementary and junior high principal in Benkelman in 2000-01, who dreamed then of becoming McCook's top school administrator. Grant Norgaard said Thursday morning, from his new office in the senior high, that he and his wife, Michele, visited McCook almost every weekend when they lived in Benkelman, for shopping or socializing. ...
MHS homecoming candidates (08/26/09)
McCook High School's "Homecoming 2009" royalty candidates pose in the school's LeRoy Hoehner Memorial Park Wednesday morning. The queen and king and their attendants will be announced following the McCook-Sidney football game Friday evening. The game starts at 7 p.m., at Weiland Field. ...
Board approves salary agreement (08/24/09)
McCook Public Schools board of education members at noon Friday approved a 2009-10 agreement with certificated staff and the McCook Education Association, raising the base teacher's salary by $1,273 a year. School board president Tom Bredvick reported, following closed session during a special meeting, that the salary for a new teacher in the McCook school system increases from $28,770 to $30,043...
Board approves salary agreement (08/24/09)
McCook Public Schools board of education members at noon Friday approved a 2009-10 agreement with certificated staff and the McCook Education Association, raising the base teacher's salary by $1,273 a year. School board president Tom Bredvick reported, following closed session during a special meeting, that the salary for a new teacher in the McCook school system increases from $28,770 to $30,043...
Board approves trip for ag team (08/11/09)
The McCook Public Schools board of education Monday evening approved a trip to the Kansas City American Royal livestock judging competition by a team of McCook High School ag students. If the MHS team is selected as Nebraska's representative from among the top five teams in the state, ag instructor Josh Schieber and chaperones will accompany team members Samantha Yonkers, Will Miller, Katelyn Fritsche and Amanda Shields to the judging competition Nov. 1...
Special ed interim, new anti-bullying policy approved (07/14/09)
By CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCook Public Schools' new superintendent, Grant Norgaard, presided over his first board of education meeting Monday evening, overseeing the board as it hired an interim special education director and approved the school district's new anti-bullying policy...
Schley: Teacher's won't roast (05/14/09)
McCook Public Schools Superintendent Dave Schley promised "not to barbecue" teachers at the high school by proposing at the board of education meeting Monday to eliminate the built-in early-dismissal heat schedule for the first week of school this fall...
New science curriculum called bargain (05/13/09)
School taking part in effort to promote area (05/12/09)
The McCook Public Schools board of education approved, on a 5-1 vote, the schools' involvement in an eight-member inter-local cooperation project to design a marketing plan to promote the McCook area. The schools' involvement would require a $1,000 contribution for each of the next two years and provide one position on the 13-member board. ...
Stimulus funds could help add classrooms (05/12/09)
McCook Public Schools could use its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to add four early childhood preschool classrooms at McCook Elementary. That concept would meet the federal government's requirement that its recovery funds be used for special education projects. Moving preschool special education students into new classrooms would free up existing classroom space for K-3 students, several of whose populations are larger than normal...
Teacher wins 'Rookie of the Year' honors (05/01/09)
McCook Junior High's eighth grade social studies teacher and the high school's assistant softball coach has been named the "Rookie Teacher of the Year" by the Nebraska State Education Association. Craig Dickes, who has taught in McCook and coached seventh grade girls basketball and eighth grade boys basketball as assistant coach since the 2007-08 school year, was nominated for the award by fellow teachers for, among other traits, his "excellent classroom management skills."...
Walk to School Day (04/29/09)
Helen Hackney walks her granddaughter, Jacinda Ramirez to McCook Elementary this morning, during the school's Walk to School Day. Students and families enjoyed fruit and juice in the school commons area after their walks. Besides walking to school students will also be cleaning up the parks and playgrounds this afternoon in honor of Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day...
Board approves credit recovery summer school (04/16/09)
McCook junior and senior high students with failing grades can make up missing credit hours at summer school this summer. McCook Public Schools board of education members Tuesday evening unanimously approved the start of summer school classes and the implementation of a computer software credit recovery curriculum called "A+."...
Cooler classrooms ahead for Junior High (04/15/09)
Over the objections of two board members, McCook Public Schools' board of education Tuesday evening approved a contract with a Kearney company to install air conditioning at the junior high. Concerns about America's economic woes and optimism about maybe getting a lower price later caused Larry Shields and Shane Messersmith to cast "No" votes to the bid from the Siemens Co. to air condition the junior high for $392,886.64...
School board studies half-million dollar air conditioning plans (03/26/09)
McCook's junior high school will be air conditioned this summer if the board of education proceeds with one of the two proposals made during a special board meeting Tuesday evening. Installing air conditioning in the 43-year-old building could cost as much as half a million dollars...
School may hire new secondary art teacher (03/25/09)
McCook Public Schools may hire a teacher for art classes at the junior and senior high, the board of education authorizing the advertisement of the new position during a special board meeting Tuesday evening. It was a recommendation from the board's programs committee (board members Diane Lyons and Scott Johnson and Superintendent Dave Schley) to advertise for an instructor to teach two exploratory art classes at the junior high and one class at the senior high (in addition to current teacher Steve Clapp's schedule). ...
City irons out rules for new wireless tower at school (03/17/09)
Conflicting language in a city ordinance about wireless towers was ironed out by the McCook City Council Monday night. The amended ordinance now allows a 75-foot tower to be built at McCook Elementary. Operating on a skeleton crew with only three council members present -- Mayor Dennis Berry was absent due to a health issue and Councilman Jack Rogers was excused -- the rest of the council approved on its first reading an amended ordinance that allows school districts to have their own wireless towers, as long as the tower is separated from a church or residential structure by 100 percent of the height of the tower.. ...
Art proponent worries about timing (03/10/09)
Discussion of creating an elementary art program at McCook Public Schools started Monday evening when the president of the McCook Art Guild worried about moving the April school board meeting from the 13th to the 20th. Ray Walter, representing the art guild, told board members that he was afraid McCook would miss opportunities to sign a contract(s) with an art teacher(s) if the board met after April 15, a date by which teachers' contracts are generally signed and/or renewed...
English as second language enrollment climbing (02/11/09)
In 2000, McCook Public Schools had no children documented as "English Language Learners." Four years later, in 2004, Carolyn Klimper's job helping 10 or so McCook students who were learning English as their second language started as "a side job," "extra duty," with her sixth grade English teaching job at McCook Public Schools...
School calendar approved, despite concerns over interruptions (02/11/09)
One board member couldn't approve the 2009-10 school calendar ultimately OK'd by the McCook Public Schools board of education at its meeting Monday evening. Superintendent Dave Schley told board members and members of the public, "Everyone's had a whack at it -- it's the best we could come up with. It's not going to please everyone."...
Software system for at-risk students approved (02/10/09)
The absolute support of the schools' curriculum director and several teachers convinced the McCook Public Schools board of education Monday evening to purchase a computer software learning system designed to help at-risk students recover class credits and get closer to earning their high school diplomas on time...