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Apprentice Bakers

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Chris Olson and her baker apprentices rolling out 372 sugar cookies for Santa'a arrival at the Culbertson School, Thursday, Dec. 18. Pictured are Chris Azure, Tony Williams, Madalyn Raab, Kayli Olson, McKade Mahlen, Lance Bengochea, Logan Nickoloff and Colby Olson.

Elementary Children Participate In Christmas Concert

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Lana Hekkel directed the elementary classes for Culbertson’s annual Christmas Concert. Songs included Jingle Bells, My Dreydl, Gizmo and Now it is Yule.

Cutbacks On Days At Culbertson Food Bank

Due to finances and a lack of food bank volunteers, the Culbertson Food Bank will be cutting back on the days of food distribution.
Several area churches, generous organizations and individuals have helped keep the doors open financially. The Culbertson Schools also had their annual Cats/Griz food collection competition which collected a couple hundred pounds of food just before Thanksgiving.
With the Culbertson Food Bank being the only food bank in the county, the monthly demands have nearly tripled from previous years.
During the month of November, the food bank fed 180 families.
The volunteers distributing food are aging and it is difficult during the winter months to find enough people to adequately man the food bank as some volunteers move to other areas during winter months and others safely avoid walking on icy streets etc.
The food bank is very grateful for the wonderful volunteers and generous donors, but are having to cut back to Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Roosevelt County Property Values Going Up While Statewide Decreases

Roosevelt County real estate values are going up while statewide values are going down, according to the Montana Department of Revenue.
The Department of Revenue reported following the recent reappraisal that statewide values of residential property dropped by 2.85 percent from 2008 to 2014.
The average market value of residential property increased by 55 percent during the 2008 reappraisal cycle.
The Department of Revenue also reported that residential property values grew the most in the recent reappraisal in eastern Montana. Oil and gas development was cited as the main reason.
The biggest gain was in Richland County with a reported 102.13 percent increase. Roosevelt and several other eastern Montana counties showed gains above 60 percent. In Roo-sevelt County, the gains in the Culbertson and Bainville area were considerable higher than in Wolf Point. Specific figures for Wolf Point were not made available.
In contrast, residential property values in Flathead County dropped 14.84 percent, 13.2 percent in Gallatin County and 10.84 percent in Ravalli County.
Taxpayers are expected to receive their new assessment notices from the Department of Revenue in the summer of 2015.

School Board Meetings Recapped

(Editor’s Note: This is a recap of recent meetings from minutes approved at the last board meeting.)
In a special meeting on Oct. 13 the board approved the travel and attendance of the Student Council Members to travel to the State Student Council Convention in Laurel for Oct. 19-21, 2014.
Boundary maps between Culbertson and Bainville were presented with horizontal and vertical oil wells located in three of the sections.
Bainville and Culbertson will amiable split the boundary lines so Bain-
ville can have a separate elementary and high school boundary. Bainville could potentially increase their oil revenues by splitting their districts into K-8 and 9-12 grade districts instead of their current K-12 district.  Culbertson wants to hold claims on sections 35 and 2, and 11, while Bainville would share the remaining half sections. Any changes in the boundaries will take effect for the fiscal year 2016.
In other news, the football team lost their first round playoff game in Ennis on Nov. 1.
Volleyball finished their season at the district tournament.
Eight cross country runners competed at the state meet in Helena.
The Cowboys captured their fourth state title in six years. Michael Azure and Tristan Sun Rhodes earned all-state honors.
Speech and drama is placing in every meet.
High school basketball practice has started with 14 girls and 17 boys participating with their first games held in Wolf Point Dec. 12-13.  
The junior high basketball season wrapped up on Dec. 13 with the boys qualifying for the Final Four Tournament in Fairview.
In the technology report, the second drive cage for the was purchased. This will allow for expansion on the memory of the server.
The north gym addition finishing work continues.  The classroom is now being used. The east side addition stem wall is complete with the west side stem wall schedule to be poured the first part of December.
When the board met on Nov. 20, the student council members gave a presentation on their leadership conference noting a speaker from the conference will be in Culbertson to speak to the students in March. Ideas include the council members within the school are broadcasting CNN student news during breakfast and lunch in the lunch room, having a new student orientation and tour as well as addressing student needs such as food backpacks for the weekends and a school food bank.
Hannah Bawden, in conjunction with Larry Gondahl and Dakota Fence have presented a proposal for new playground equipment to replace the 10- to 20-year-old equipment in use. The cost would be around $100,000, including the installation. This new equipment will replace the main structure and merry go round. Projected installation would be next summer.
The boundary remapping was approved at this meeting with split sections going to the Bainville school for elementary and the Culbertson school for high school except for Culbertson retaining sections 35 in 28N57E and sections 2 and 11 in 27N57E.
Brad Adams was hired as co-high school Speech and Drama coach, sharing the stipend with Jeri Gustafson. Shawn Harkins was hired as junior high head track coach with Elizabeth Harkins as his assistant. Elizabeth LeMay will be the elementary boys' basketball coach, Cassie Williams as the elementary girls' basketball coach and Karen Toavs as National Honor Society advisor.
At the Dec. 16 meeting project updates were heard. The bus barn now has four exterior walls and a roof. Insulation and liner panels for the interior walls will be put up next week by Clausen and Sons Construction.
The north gym edition painting is complete, the plumbing has been connected and the handrails, wood trim and clean up will begin in the next week.
A temporary teacher contract was approved for Jennesy Taberna to cover music teacher, Lana Hekkel’s maternity leave at the end of January.
The Science Olympiad team took 10 junior high and 20 high school students to Bozeman, Nov. 24-25. Both groups earned the small school trophy. High school students placed fourth and the junior high students placed eighth out of the ninety schools that participated.  Three students were in the top ten and placed in two separate divisions.
The December meeting adjourned after a closed session for the annual evaluation of Superintendent Larry Crowder.
The next regular school board meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m.