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V [] [] By Richard Volesky be received from that department in teacher aides," alleged Hanson. "I was in a worse or better financial Editor/Reporter the current school year, he said. read the legal section (of the news- state than the last school year. The Beach School Board on Discussion of a tax increase paper) all the time, and I don't see Wegner said the district ended Sept. 14 voted down the possibility drew protests from two residents, it (bidding) in there. We can't stand last year in the black. of a property tax increase of 12 per- John Hanson and Terry Week. more taxes. We didn't get a raise in Week questioned whether the cent. Hanson told the board that the Social Security, not $1,500, not a board members really look over the The increase would have raised school district at one time operated penny. You're just throwing money bills that are before them when ap- a total of about $61,000. with about 20 employees. He was away up here, day after day, con- proving payments. Superintendent Dave Wegner critical of teachers who need aides, stantly. I'm tired of it." In another matter, Week asked said the district has been receiving and of this year's $1,500 raise per Week said it appeared to him that about the district's housing proper- less state oil and gas money, and teacher. He alleged the district the board at some time down the ties. less federal money. The largest de- doesn't ask for bids on what it buys. road would have difficulty making " ... I'm not trying to be mean ... crease was that a total of $581,979 The district currently employs payroll. He said he realized that fi- isn't that for teacher housing, not arrived from the N.D. Department about 75 people, nances were tough for the district, administrators?" he asked. of Trust Lands in the 2015-2016 "You have teachers who can't but also said times are tough for the Week said the intent of having school year, while no money may teach because they have to have taxpayers. He asked if the district the housing was for it to be an in- centive for bringing teachers to the left over at the close of the last district. The high school and ele- school year. The interim balance mentary principals now occupy two was $930,128. of the units. Van Horn made a motion not to Week and Hanson left the meet- raise the tax levy, knowing that ing, the board went on to other busi- could mean the district will deficit ness, and discussion of the tax spend. In other words, the district increase came up later as was listed would be using some of the interim on the board's preset meeting balance tocoverexpenses. agenda. Mark Lund and Robert Sperry, Mike Van Horn, board member, board members, and Board Presi- said the tax issue would be easier to dent Kim Nunberg voted in agree- decide if the board hadn't raised ment with Van Horn. Jeanne taxes last year. Discussion also included the dis-Tax trict's interim balance, or the money (Continued on Page 8) " Lone Tree School Board President Gene Weinreis, left; Susan Sarsland, board member, at far iright, listen to Principal Janine Olson during the board's discussion about changes in recess at the ,Golva School. (Photo by Richard Volesky) i I t i l chan upsetting for parents By R ard Volesky .... principal,said the situation didn't in- been working well; and that students' Editor/Reporter volve punishment. The change was grades have been better. "It's for the GOLVA- The matter of eliminat- made to allow for more time teach- good of the group, not just for the ing one of the daily recess periods ing. heck of it," she said. dominated the discussion at the The students are not without any Gina Manhart countered: "The School's Board's Sept. 14 meeting, recess or time for physical activity, overall picture, this isn't what's best Parents Gina and Zane ManhartThere's a 20-minute recess before for the children." brought the issue to the board. Gina lunch, plus physical education Zane Manhart, who didn't name Manhart said she saw kids enjoying classes and extracurricular activities, his source, said the reason he was themselves at a Fairfield playground according to the discussion, provided was that the decision was recently, and that nearly brought her Olson said the school district is better for the teachers, not the stu- to tears, following North Dakota Department dents. "It bothers me so much," saidof Public Instruction (DPI) policy In response to a question from Gina Manhart. "The kids have so with the amount of recess time that Paul Schmitz, a member of the much to do in school. They are bot- is in the schedule, board, Olson said no other parents tied up all day long." Gina Manhart added that the DPI have contacted her about recess con- She said she heard that a recess suggests more than one recess period cerns. Olson said the kids have been period was taken away due to a be a part of the students! day. more respectful and behaved, and "drama" issue among some of the Teacher Mary Vaira said the re- students, cess change was a group decision of Recess But Janine Olson, the school's Olson and the teachers. Vaira said it's (Continued on Page 8) By Jenae Orluck Reporter , ..... The New Salem Holsteins hosted the Beach Buccaneers for a Friday night football game on Sept. 16. The Holsteins gained an early lead, outscoring the Buccaneers 30-0 at the end of the first quarter. Like the last couple of games, Josiah Orluck was able to complete a long pass to Jared Wojahn for a Buccaneer touch- down. This first touchdown by the Buccaneers happened early in the second quarter. Later on in the second quarter, Or- luck got hit pretty hard and did not play the rest of the game. Freshman Gage Swanson took over the quar- terback position for the rest of the game. Other Buccaneers were also injured throughout the game. Thank- fully, no players were taken by am- bulances. The Holsteins held the lead, with a score of 46-6 at half-time. Every Buccaneer worked together on of- Beach's Trevor Burgess tackles a fense and defense, making it possi- Sept. 16 game. (Photo by Jenae ble for the Buccaneers to score once were able to hold the Holsteins to again in the second half. Adding to two touchdowns in the second half. the scoreboard, Swanson carried the The final score was 60-12. ball into the end zone for Beach's All of the Beach High School var- second touchdown. The Buccaneers sity football games are at 6 p.m., Holsteins player during their Orluck) Mountain Time. The dates and loca- tions of the remaining regular season games are: Sept. 23 vs. Grant County (home), and Sept. 30 vs. Richard- ton/Taylor (away). Veggies on wheels Kids are helped with creating zucchini cars at the Harvest Fest that was held in Beach on Sept. 18. Trophy winners were Cassidy Hauck and William Dunnal. (Photo by Jenae Orluck) Beach Are Chamber conducting survey By Richard Volesky and promoting the benefits of shop- mall basement), or mailed to BACC, Editor/Reporter ping local will assist with making the PO Box 757, Beach, ND 58621. The Beach Area Chamber of Beach area a vibrant and resilient Businesses that would like to provide Commerce wants area residents' community, he said. paper copies to customers can let the opinions regarding the local business The survey is intended for anyone Chamber know, and they will print climate, within 30 miles of Beach so the some. Input and participation in the sur- Chamber can get a cross section of The online survey is fouod at: vey would be incredibly valuable to the business trade area. www.surveymonkey.corn/r/Beach_G the success of a buy local campaign While using an online survey is oLocalND. The survey will close on for the Beach area, said Cory Mc- preferred, a paper survey can be ob- Sept. 30. Caskey, Chamber president. The sur- tained by sending an e-mail to The survey asks questions about vey and participation in GoLocal beachnd@gmail.com, or callingthe quality of life, business climate, ND! is a collaborative effort between (701) 300-0256. Paper surveys can preferences for shopping, and prior- the Chamber, Vision West ND and be returned to the Chamber office at ities for community development, the Bush Foundation. Understanding 22 Central Ave. South, Suite 6 (mini among others. MEDORA - Theodore Roosevelt shop, "sun gazing," solar system Dr. Joe Shaw, director of the Op- National Park and Medora invite cu- hikes, family astronomy activities, tical Technology Center at Montana rious minds of all ages to celebrate and hourly presentations in Dickin- State University, will be the featured North Dakota's dark night skies this son State University's Discovery presenter on Saturday, Sept. 24. weekend. Dome.As a special offering this year, Shaw will present "Optics in Na- Park rangers, astronomers, and the park will host NASA lunar sam- ture" at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium space enthusiasts will gather for the pies. Visitors are welcome to enjoy of the North Dakota Cowboy Hail ,,f Fourth Annual Dakota Nights As- presentations by nationally recog- Fame at 7 p.m. He will discuss the tronomy Festival Friday, Sept. 23 nized speakers at 7 p.m. eachaurora borealis, a presentation that through Sunday, Sept. 25. evening at the Cottonwood Camp- will include beautiful photographs of "People have been studying the ground amphitheater. Afterward, as- this night sky phenomenon. night skies for millennia," said tronomers will reveal the mysteries Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Depart- TRNP Chief of Interpretation Eileen of the universe while star gazing in a ment of Natural Sciences at Dickin- Andes. "Dakota Nights celebrates field of more than a dozen telescopes son State University will make the the beauty and fragility of this awe- at Peaceful Valley Ranch. featured presentation: "The Impor- inspiring resource and makes it ac- Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of tance of Darkness: Bat Ecology and cessible and fun for people of all physics and astronomy at the Uni- The Impact of Light Pollution on ages. You don't have to be an astron- versity of Redlands, artist, photogra- Wildlife" on Sunday. omy expert; the festival has some- pher, astronomer and night sky The Dakota Nights Astronomy thing for everyone." ambassador, will make the featured Festival is a partnership between Daytime activities include model presentation "Come for the Stars, rocket building and launching, a Stay for the Sun" on Friday, Sept. Festival "build your own t.elescope" work- 23. (Continued on Page 8) We know you can't always get to the bank during business hours. 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