February 25, 2013

The Kuemper School Board will meet with BCDM Architects of Omaha, Neb., during its next board meeting on March 11 to discuss building room for an early-learning center and two other projects.

Vern Henkenius, Kuemper president, said the board has been discussing the idea of opening up an early-learning center for children who are newborns through age 3.

He said the school doesn't have much extra space so the architect will present plans to the board on where an early-learning center could be located.

Henkenius said the architects are looking at every possibility, but he expects that there could be a new building going up.

He said the only open space that Kuemper had was in the high school but the preschool for 4-year-olds is now taking up most of that space.

Henkenius said BCDM will also be looking at the multipurpose facility, more commonly known as the fieldhouse.

He said when the fieldhouse was built it was only made for the boys.

There isn't a divider for girls in the current building, and Kuemper is also looking at how the facility could benefit middle school students.

The last project the architects took a look at is remodeling the entryway at the high school.

Henkenius said he hopes the remodeling will improve the high school office, allowing secretaries to see who is coming in and out of the building at all times.

Other issues discussed at the school board meeting included:

- Seventy-four students attended a kindergarten round-up for all-day kindergarten and 22 attended for optional kindergarten. The largest class of students in school at Kuemper is this year's kindergarten class with 85 students.

- Eighty-four eighth-grade students attended a high school orientation.

- Summer instrument lessons will be held from July 22 to Aug. 8. They are free and open to students in fifth through 11th grades.

- The annual goal for the Monsignor Lafferty tuition-assistance program has been set for $403,415. It was $403,236 last year.

- A new tuition-assistance fund, called the Bishop's Fund for Education, has begun. The program has $150,000 for students in the Sioux City Dioceses. Parents can apply by going through the same procedure they would with the Monsignor Lafferty fund.

- High school social studies and health teacher Tom Forbes resigned. He's worked for Kuemper for 33 years.

- Rebecca Fiscus resigned as the K-5 vocal music teacher. Her family is moving to South Dakota.

- Marth Yiel has been approved as a custodian.

- Megan Hedrington has been approved as assistant girls' tennis coach.

- Brian Billmeier has been approved as head boys' golf coach.