District 84 OKs all-day, every day kindergarten

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education unanimously approved a plan to offer all-day, every day kindergarten effective for the 2019-2020 school year, Tuesday.

The program was approved with a number of action items, motion by Joleen Dittbenner, seconded by Jeremy Domeier.

Superintendent John Cselovszki said the school district received a five-year, Minnesota Department of Education Early Childhood Classroom Engagement program grant.

“They will give us training and support. We will supply them with data,” Cselovszki said. “We are the only small school in the state to get it.The State Dept. of Education really wanted us to get it, to help other small schools get it later.”

Cselovszki said the City of Sleepy Eye’s 2020-2021 Street & Utility Project includes a proposal to build sidewalks on School Street, west of the high school, from the football field to the school. The sidewalk project would cost the school district $90,000 which could be repaid over a multi-year period.

“I think we’d be much better off with sidewalks there. Plus they plan to save our trees along School Street,” Cselovszki said.

School board member Bryan Sellner said the Sleepy Eye Basketball Booster Club is considering buying new Daktronics LED lighted scoreboards in the high school and elementary gyms plus a video screen in the high school gym.

“This could enable us to be very creative with a video screen,” Sellner said.

“I hope we find a way. I like the educational aspect especially,” Cselovszki said.

Board members will discuss the project with possible donors that could have their names on the scoreboard.

“If we can come up with $20,000 to start the project and get donors to agree to multi-year sponsorships, I think we can go with it,’ said Dittbenner, who serves on the Sleepy Eye Basketball Booster Club.

The board approved hiring agriculture instructor Hunter Klontz, $46,584; counselor Sarah Lendt, $51,488; elementary physical education teacher Brody Anderson, $39,488; long-term instructor Adam Manderfeld, $11,089; special education instructor Janell Christensen, $39,488; para-professional Arlene Dietl, $12.38/hr.; and assistant golf coach George Schwint, $2,833; plus a $250 donation from the Sleepy Eye Concertina Club to the high school band program.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.