UHS needs new scoreboard

The scoreboard in the old gym is beginning to show some significant wear and tear. That was the news Supt. Vern Capelle told the Upsala School Board, Wednesday.

“I’m not sure what it would cost to repair. Looking to what other districts have done, we’re looking at most likely replacing it,” Capelle told the Board.

The scoreboard was installed in 1987.

Capelle suggested the school to contact local business owners to see if there would be an interest in sponsoring a new score board for the school.

Upsala School Board Briefs

In other business Wednesday, the Upsala School Board:

  • Approved the four course per year agreement with Dave Piasecki as a part-time adjunct college-in-schools instructor for the 2017-2018 academic year at $24,000 ($6,000 per course) with no seniority or benefits;
  • Approved a donation of $1,000 from Upsala Lions Club to the robotics team;
  • Approved a donation of $255 from Upsala Lions Club for the snow tubing elementary school field trip;
  • Approved a donation of $200 from Upsala Lions Club for visual arts;
  • Heard from adviser Roxann Lewis and students about their experience at the inauguration in Washington, D.C. and that they had a good time and were thankful for the opportunity to go;
  • Heard from Dean of Students Nick Klug that fourth grader won the local spelling bee and will represent Upsala at the District Bee in Staples, March 2.
  • Heard from Klug that the Upsala ninth grade Knowledge Bowl team placed first out of 64 teams in their region;
  • Congratulated special education teacher, Courtney Justin for being nominated for the Educator of Excellence Award, which is sponsored by National Joint Powers Alliance;
  • Congratulated Gretchen Schleper for being named “Agriculture Teacher of the Year” in Region 2, by other agriculture teachers;
  • Heard from Klug that the Robotics Team will be going to Duluth for its regional competition, March 2;
  • Heard from Klug that the kindergarten round-up will be held March 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • Heard from Supt. Vern Capelle that Upsala High School was notified by the Minnesota Department of Education that it has received a Pathways II grant of $45,000 for two years. The grant allows lower tuition for preschool students who come from low income families;
  • Heard from Klug that parent-teacher conferences for students in grades 5-12, will be held Monday, Feb. 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school; and
  • Heard from Klug that the Upsala Community Blood Drive that is sponsored by the Upsala National Society will be held Feb. 27, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Those who are interested in donating should call Curtis Robertson, at (320) 573-2174.

The Upsala School Board’s next regular meeting will be Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.