Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point School board filled several positions during the monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 8.
The board approved the hiring of: K.D. Madison, junior class advisor; Michael Contreras, junior high and high school custodian; Jory Erickson, junior high wrestling coach and substitute teacher; Mikela Smith, junior high drill team coach; Cole
Baker, Gear Up parent liaison; and Meili Baker, substitute teacher.
The board also approved the resignation of substitute custodian Connie Dahl.
The board approved purchases of $12,895 for sheet metal from Baileigh Industrial of Manttowoc, Wisc., and $7,560 for tools and equipment from Woodworkers Supply Inc. of Casper, Wyo.
The board also approved the Yellowstone Ecology Project International Trip for summer 2015. The matter had been tabled from the October meeting because of questions of liability.
The board tabled a decision following a student disciplinary hearing that was held in a closed executive session. They will address the issue during the next board meeting Monday, Jan. 12.
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The Frontier School board voted to participate in the Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program Monday, Dec. 8.
Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments and helps children make better choices.
The program is named in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School [Colorado] shooting in 1999, and is in part based on her writings.
The school board discussed having an in-service day Monday, Jan. 19, to better inform teachers about Rachel’s Challenge. Teachers and administrators from several other school districts have been invited to attend.
The following day, a Rachel’s Challenge presentation will be presented to students.
In other business, the board hired Linda Spotts and Megan Winkler as substitute teachers.
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First Community Bank of Wolf Point donated $200 to the Wolf Point Optimists Club for their Angel Tree fundraiser. Pictured are (from left to right) Optimists Elsie Hanson and Donna Reum, and First Community employees Jessi Webb and Jhona Peterson. (Submitted photo)
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Rainey Azure’s first-grade class celebrated 30 days perfect attendance, Wednesday, Dec. 3. Kelli Vine’s first-grade class and the second-grade classes of Daisha Douglas, Dianne Hoversland and Jocelyn Peters are also close to reaching the 30-day mark. Pictured are (in alphabetical order) Kelly Baker, Andrew Beauchamp, Ashton Bell, Duran Big Leggins, Aiden Eagle, Anthony Fox, Aleecia Garfield, Pacer Garrett, Quintanna Gonzalez, Gabriel Keiser, Marley MacDonald, Wyatte Martin-Martell, Emily Nefzger, Rilley Smith, Navella Weeks and Joseph White Snow. (Submitted photo)
Written by Mike Hughes
During this holiday season, the board of directors of the Northeast Montana Veterans Fund, Inc. extends appreciation to everyone who has supported the memorial. We are coming closer to our goal, thanks to the combined efforts of our patron donors, local businesses, in-kind professional assistance, all VFW/American Legions and auxiliaries and generous contributions through various fundraisers. It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of northeast Montana veterans.
With help from so many over the past four years, the goal to build a world class veterans memorial at Fort Peck is now in the final stages of engineering. We hope to negotiate plans for contractor bids this winter and break ground in Fort Peck as soon as the frost is out this spring.
The memorial will be built with private contributions from northeast Montana citizens, businesses and organizations, and we are confident that we have most of the money necessary to complete phase one. This currently includes the Walls of Honor, all preliminary surveys, soil tests, design engineering, construction plans, the main monument, an entry sign, foundations for the flag parks, flatwork - retaining walls - walkways - vigil foundations, initial electrical - lighting and basic landscaping. Completely finished, the memorial will also have appropriate KIA/MIA/POW recognitions, sculptures and busts, artwork, murals, static displays and seating, which will have costs approaching $1 million. We have successfully raised over $500,000 or approximately half what we are eventually going to need.
We are proud to assure you that there are few administrative expenses deducted from any contributions and that the board of directors is dedicated to devoting all donations to the memorial. We have hired no employees and paid no salaries.
We would welcome year-end giving to this project and we are a 501(c)19 non-profit qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions. Donations to worthy causes during the holidays are a part of the season. Helping to build this memorial can add to the quality of the life of your family. Freedom is a precious gift.
The Walls of Honor remain a central feature of the park and will be self-funded by the sale of exquisitely etched black granite tiles, currently available for your holiday giving considerations. The wall, like the memorial, is for all veterans, all branches of the service, including National Guard and Reserves.
Our goal is to ensure that no northeast Montana veteran is left off the Wall of Honor. Until Memorial Day 2015, we will be able to group families and friends together on the walls. After that, we expect the cost of the tiles to go up and it will not be possible to group names. For additional information on the tiles, visit www.VeteransMT.org.
Here is an opportunity to give a present with a future, take a qualified non-profit tax deduction, permanently honor your family and friends by recognizing a veteran’s legacy and help us finish this park.
Phase one will establish the park for immediate viewing and enjoyment. For the remaining phases, we have plans to raise more donations with targeted grant applications and corporate requests. Tile sales are critically important at this time to help us finish the project right.
Based on current engineering estimates we expect costs for phase one to be higher than original estimates. The board decided to capture savings on the completed memorial by doing all basic infrastructure work during the initial construction. This includes landscaping, irrigation, electrical and foundations. This only seems to be good business. We have hired a landscaping architect who has experience with other memorials to help finalize site plans. We should have everything in place to start awarding work sometime after the first of the year.
It is our hope that in this season of giving you will consider a gift. Rest assured, any gifts or tiles purchased for this Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park will make a huge difference. Contact any of our board for additional information or specific bequest desires.
Steve Page and
Tom Markle, co-chairs
keeper of the tiles