This year is Dickinson State University's centennial and its 90th homecoming.
During Monday's school board meeting, officials approved a motion to begin the hiring process for a construction manager at risk, or CMAR, which acts as a consultant during the design and construction of buildings. The CMAR will be in charge of the high school project, whether it be the construction of a new high school or remodeling of the old one, as well as assist with bond services for the elementary and high school.
While the Dickinson School Board had originally planned on voting whether to hire a construction manager at risk (CMAR) on Tuesday, they decided that the decision warranted more discussion. After Tuesday's meeting, they participated in a workshop with members of a construction company, Dickinson Public Schools' central administration and school administrations.
As part of its renovations, South Heart Public School received a new vocational agriculture building last year. Since then, it has provided the school the space and technology to expand its vocational programs.
South Heart Public School has just created its own chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, a national career and technical student organization open to junior high and high school students. "We're very excited about it because we think that it offers great resources and future occupations for our students," said Kelsey Boedeker, South Heart's FBLA advisor. "We think the experience that they're going to get from FBLA in terms of leadership and community service is going to benefit them in the future." Thirty-five students came to their first meeting last Wednesday.
Signs tied with orange balloons pointed the way to Hope Christian Academy for its fifth annual Pumpkins in the Patch on Saturday. "This is our first year at this location," said Debbie Dazell, Development Director of HCA, "which is appropriate because the school is the one hosting it, as well as the fact that the first Patch really helped in getting our building so that we could add on to the school."
Keith Fernsler is a District 37 Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives who is focused on improving education, health care and the community. The retired Dickinson State University professor wants to ensure that schools receive the funding they need. Fernsler says under the current budget, Dickinson State was requested to cut its budget by 15-18 percent, a decision with which he doesn't agree.
Taven Wilson, a Trinity High School student from Dickinson, has been selected to join The National Society of High School Scholars. Its members are students who demonstrate leadership, scholarship and community involvement. Taven is a Boy Scout and a member of the Sons of the American Legion, a branch of The American Legion, a veterans' organization that completes community service projects.
During Dickinson Public Schools' budget input and development committee meeting Wednesday, members discussed the need to hire a construction manager at risk for the potential construction of a new high school. Construction managers act as consultants during design and construction of buildings. They must deliver a project within a guaranteed maximum price, allowing for a higher level of cost control than the standard design, bid, build process. One of the goals in hiring a construction manager would be to receive accurate estimates for the cost.
"I was gathering laundry out of Jack's room," said Becky Savage, a public speaker addressing an auditorium full of young listeners. "I remember looking at him while he was sleeping and thinking he looked like an angel sleeping. Little did I know the prophecy that thought would hold for me that day. ... I walked over to his bed to awaken him, and those next few moments are what still haunt me to this day. You see, I'm a nurse. I've been trained in saving people's lives, and that day I could not perform my job as a nurse, or as a mother. My son was lifeless."