High school on the lookout for new football coach

School trustees have accepted the resignation of Cowboy football coach Ryan Fetherson.

It was submitted at the April 9 meeting.

Fetherson came to Conrad hopeful of rebuilding a program, and as a first year coach he won one game, the season opener against Harlem.

Fetherson has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Carroll College. CHS principal Ken Larson told the I-O on Monday morning, “A search committee is already looking for a new coach. We’re disappointed to see him go, and so are the kids.”

In addition to Fetherson, Michael Caudle, an English-Art teacher at the high school has also submitted his resignation, which was accepted and Stacy Aaberg submitted her resignation as cheerleading coach.

Superintendent of Schools Craig Barringer is planning to meet with Tim Peterson of L’Heureux, Page, Werner Architects to discuss the options on replacing the boiler at UMS.

Five years ago, the 20-year building plan noted that the UMS boiler life would be about 10 more years.

Replacing the boiler at UMS will bring some infrastructure challenges. Currently, the UMS boiler also heats the Russell Administration building and operates, currently, at about 60 percent efficiently.

When the boiler is replaced at UMS, it will not be able to be used to heat the Russell Building.

In a related matter, an energy audit was done in March at Prairie View School.

To reduce electric costs, the district will have to invest about $16,000 to put in more energy efficient lighting.

This project would pay for itself in about a five-year period. Updates have been done at every building except PVS and currently, the school is the most expensive building per square foot on electrical costs.

Police Chief Gary Dent, Barringer, Jeff Sullivan and UMS Principal Tara Thielman met to go over security issues at the middle school. Barringer noted, “The physical structure of the building presents some unique challenges that we will try to address to make the building more secure.”

Mark your calendar for a couple of upcoming events at the schools.

On April 26, Chinese Olympic gymnast, Li Lu will meet with UMS students. Contact the school at 278-3227 for the time.

On May 8, at 10:30 a.m., students and the public will have the opportunity to hear the story of Inge Auerbacher. She is a survivor of the Holocaust and is now a celebrated author.

She will be speaking at the CHS auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Conrad Community Education Foundation. You will not want to miss her fascinating story.

On April 17 at 2:45 p.m. there will be an assembly at the CHS auditorium to recognize the staff and name the teacher and employee of the year. The public is welcome to attend.

It was announced that eighth grader Shayanne Abee will have her artwork on the cover of the upcoming edition of Signature Magazine.

In other announces made, the last Knowledge Master competition will take place this spring. The company that sponsors it will no longer be a sponsor. UMS has participated in this event for many years.

Dan Brown and Lori Wetendorf took a group of students to Great Falls to take in the Great Falls Symphony and see the performance of Peter and the Wolf.

Linda O’Brien spoke on behalf of the senior class, requesting a bus and driver to go to Silverwood after graduation this year.

The class will raise funds to pay for the driver and fuel for the bus. The request was approved.

Grade K teaches Wendy Gierke, Michele Goyette, Kay LaBarre and Trish Taule gave a report on the recent kindergarten screening. It is estimated that next year, student enrollment will go up by 10 students to 47.

They also discussed some changes that parents should be aware of with the increasing standards through the Common Core.

They noted that five years ago, they taught one letter a week. Now, by the end of November every letter had been introduced and they are beginning to work on basic sight words.

The teachers reported that while students have done a good job of learning the new curriculum, some of the challenges this brings is the widening gap between those children that can be successful with the new standards and those that struggle.

Many children come to school with a well-rounded background and then there is a group that has had minimal exposure to academics.

Being able to keep pace with the group and being able to address the needs of some of the children provides for many classroom challenges.

The grade K teachers plan to meet with parents of next year’s kindergartners and share with them the expectations in grade K and how it has changed  in the past few years.

The next regular school board meeting will be on May 14, 7 p.m. in the Russell Building.