Wolf Point Herald

Wolf Point School Budget Set

Wolf Point School trustees adopted the elementary and high school budgets for fiscal year 2014-15, Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The $5,103,787 elementary school budget includes a general fund of a little over $3.6 million.
The $3,449,560 high school budget includes a general fund of a little over $3.6 million.
The district mill levies are 124.61 for the elementary school budget, down from 126.32, the 2013-2014 levy and 93.79 for the high school budget, down from 94.87 one year ago.  
In other business, the board approved purchase orders for $11,626 to Black Mountain Software for annual fees and maintenance and $5,927 to CDW Government Inc. for Microsoft server licenses. The board must approve purchase orders that exceed $5,000.
In another matter, the trustees approved a resolution adopting the environmental assessment for the paving of the parking lot at Wolf Point High School. An environmental impact statement is not necessary. This is for a possible future Montana Quality Schools Grant that might fund repaving of the parking lot. The trustees approved a $21,000 asphalt parking lot overlay proposal Monday, July 28, that is intended to fill potholes for safety. That work has not been done.
The board also accepted the resignation of high school and junior high in-school suspension supervisor David D’Ambrosio and assistant cook Claine Raining Bird.
The board authorized the following new employees: Henry Isle Jr., Southside custodian; Jana Elliott, Northside teacher; Brandi Charette, Northside substitute secretary; Ann Landsrud, Northside paraprofessional; Tiffany Szymanski, Northside paraprofessional; Tyler Desjarlais, assistant custodian; Arthur
Tapaha, assistant cook; Brad Solberg, junior high assistant football coach; and Samantha Starkey, volunteer assistant cheer coach.

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Frontier Budget Approved

The Frontier School board approved the 2014-15 budget with no change in the mill levy during a special meeting, Thursday, Aug. 14.
The adopted budget includes a general fund of a little over $1 million and a total of all funds just over $1.46 million. The district’s property tax requirement is $393,501 and the mill levy is 119.87.
The budget reflects about a $10,000 increase over last year’s budget because of an increase in enrollments.
“I knew that in the middle of March that it was going to be that,” superintendent Christine Eggar said.
In other business, the trustees approved the admission of a first grade student from outside the district, bringing the total number of first-graders to 18.
The board also approved Ruth Garfield as a substitute.
In another matter, the board approved the state correction plan for special education deviation.

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City Council Told Gysler Fire Cleanup On Track

The Wolf Point City Council approved a call for bids for the cleanup of the former site of Gysler Furniture and Appliance Monday, Aug. 18.
A fast-moving fire on March 10 destroyed the two adjacent Gysler buildings on the 100 block of Anaconda Street, leaving portions of block walls and other charred remains, some of which are believed to contain asbestos.
City officials have been working with Great Northern Development Corporation and environmental consultant Newfields of Missoula to clean up the site and redevelop it.
The council approved a plan in June for the city to purchase the property for $1 and get it cleaned up under the federal Brownfields program at no municipal cost or liability.
The site is expected to qualify as a designated Brownfield site where expansion, redevelopment or reuse of the property might be complicated by the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. The designation would make the city eligible for funding through a revolving loan fund and/or federal grant funding for remediation and clean-up of the site.
While the buildings dated to the early 1900s, remodeling of both structures during the 1960s included roofing and flooring materials made of asbestos, which the fire this year rendered as “friable asbestos,” which is any building material containing more than 1 percent asbestos that could be pulverized or powdered by hand pressure, including asbestos that is damaged by fire, and is subject to federal regulation.
“[The Gysler cleanup project] is moving along very well,” mayor Chris Dschaak said. He is hoping to have bids back this fall.
The transfer of the real estate has not happened. Dschaak said the city is waiting to be sure that government funding for the cleanup is guaranteed.

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City Still Looking For Council Replacement

Mayor Chris Dschaak said during the Wolf Point City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 18, that a replacement has not been found for Ward 1 councilman Travis Braaten resigned in July because he is moving outside the city limits.
Any registered voter living within Ward 1 who is interested in the appointment that would be for about two years should contact the city.
Ward 1 extends east from Third Avenue South to the city limits east of First Avenue South and from the railroad tracks to the southern boundary of the city.

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Fort Kipp Celebration This Weekend

It is time once again for the annual Fort Kipp Celebration, a pow-wow that is a celebration of native culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship.
The Fort Kipp Celebration starts Friday, Aug. 22, with grand entry at 7 p.m. Grand entries will be at 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24. Thursday, Aug. 21 is camping day and a youth pow wow will be held.
The celebration is a long-standing tradition on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Dance categories will be: adult; teen, ages 13-17; junior, ages 7-12; and tiny tot.
Daily specials are planned.
There will be a one-mile walk/run on Saturday, Aug. 23. Registration will be from 7:30-8 a.m. The walk/run begins at 8 a.m.
The public is welcome at the celebration.

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