Unique carving appraised at CHS

35_wood_0017FREE BURNING  — James Gaines is just one of the recipients of the free wood available to local folks in need of firewood to help in heating costs. The wood is available to folks through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Joelyn Fleisher, far right, LIEAP coordinator, was on hand to assist Chuck Chestnut, in back, and Ranee Swenson in loading the wood in Gaines’ pickup. For more information on the wood, please contact Fleisher at the North Central Area Agency on Aging, 271-7553. I-O Photo by Barb Endler




By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

After moving it around a few times, Conrad High School librarian Ruth Fladstol knew there was something unique about a large carving in the library.

After doing some research and having an appraiser come to the school, Fladstol discovered the carving was made by well-known, somewhat famous artist John Clark. Clark was from Browning and the four by six foot carving was donated to CHS by a graduating class in the 1930’s.

John Howard came to appraise not only the large carving but also four Leonard Lopp paintings that are also hung with in the school. Howard will return a full appraisal but has suggested that the proper repairs be made to certain paintings and that all are preserved. One painting is projected to appraise for around $10,000 while the craving is estimated to be worth well over that number.

Conrad will be hosting area teachers as they train on the new Common Core State Standards testing that will be replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers. The standards will have emphasis on English, language arts and math.

Brian Fladstol has resigned from his position as assistant football coach. Tara Killon has been hired as a one on one aid at Meadowlark Elementary School.

A new sign for the corner of 3rd Ave S.E. and Main Street is moving ahead of schedule. The new sign will have an LED display that can be changed from a remote location and will run its power from Meadowlark.

The new bell and intercom system at CHS has been installed and is up and running.

Four new IPADs have been ordered for the resource rooms at Prairie View and CHS. Technology coordinator Jill Swanson says these IPADs are essential to students in need of extra help with their studies. They are equipped with specific applications designed to help them learn by a touch of the screen and by reading the textbooks out loud.

A new school reach program will be implemented soon that will allow faculty and staff to create a generic message that will be dialed to a specified list of phone numbers. An example of this features use would be to call all CHS parents to remind them of parent teacher conferences. This system can also be used to notify parents of an absentee. This program costs the district $2 per student.

The Pondera Port Authority is working with Conrad Schools on a Safe Routes to School grant that could originate up to $50,000 in the 2013 funding to be used to improve signage and walkways.

Students were recognized from all four schools in the district and first to the stage was Erica Grubb from CHS. She is the daughter of Jay and Cynthia Grubb. Teacher Tyson Anderson commented that she “became one of the leaders at our school” and continued to say that her recognition was “much deserved”. Principal Ken Larson also noted that she “does a lot to make Conrad High a better place.”

Calvin Ophus was also presented from CHS by Janie McFarland. She complimented that he is “especially self motivated” is “well prepared” and “encourages students to work as hard as he does.” He is the son of Tom and Vickie Ophus.

From Utterback Middle School, Cordell Wittmeier was recognized as an “exceptional young man” who “likes to know what is expected of him.” His teachers continued by adding, “Perfection is his middle name” and his “can do attitude never leaves a mess for someone else to clean up.” He is the son of Matt and Pam Wittmier.

Jenae Johns is an eighth grader from UMS who was also presented. Her teachers commented that she is the “hardest working student” who is “always willing to encourage a classmate” and is “quiet and kind to all.” She is the daughter of Jerry and Mary Johns.

Barb Brownell congratulated and presented Meadowlark’s Bridger Gouchenour at the board meeting on Dec. 13. She noted that he shows “honesty and responsibility” and is a “leader in the classroom.” She also gave credit to him for selling over $2,500 in popcorn as a boy scout. He is the son of Sam and Andrea Gouchenour.

From Prairie View, Diana Agre gave recognition to Nolan Taule who is the son of Kurt and Trish. She noted his perfect attendance and extraordinary manners and said that his favorite part of learning is math because it challenges him. Taule says his future goal is to be a bull rider.

The next regular school board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Russell Building. The Russell Building is not handicapped accessible.

The meeting can be moved to the UMS library upon request of any person unable to attend due to disability. Requests must be made prior to the time of the meeting and can be made to the personnel office at 278-5521.