After further research concerning what to do with the old Devlin School, Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees Chairperson Shad Huston recommended selling the building to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line for $1. "We just want to make it as easy as possible for (the school district)," said Tim Brurud, the club's director, after the meeting, adding that he's happy with the way the process is headed. During a planning session in March, trustees discussed what to do with the building, formally known as Highland Park Early Primary School North, once an addition to Highland Park's south campus will eliminate the district's need of the four classrooms in the north building. Trustees talked about the issue more during Tuesday evening's planning session, after agreeing during the March session that donating the building to the club would be a better idea than trying to sell the building. If the building were to be donated to the club, the district would become responsible for the building again if the club lost its non-profit status or if the club closed. By selling the building for $1, the district would have the right of first refusal should the building ever be sold again, but would not be responsible for it. That way, future boards of trustees would not be fiscally responsible for the building. Huston said he has heard no negative feedback about the discussion to essentially donate the building to the club. As long as there is a concrete agreement that the building will be sold to the Boys & Girls Club, the club is willing to begin making repairs and upgrades to the building that will be necessary before winter, said Krysta Solomon, the club's executive director. Solomon also agreed that the club would be willing to help with the legal cost of writing a resolution which would legally sell the building to the club. People would have 14 days to make comments on or petition t h e r e s o l u t i o n , I n t e r i m Superintendent Andy Carlson said. The plan is to take action on the resolut ion during the board's May meeting, Huston said. Also during the planning session, trustees discussed a proposal by Carlson to create a formal process to recognize outstanding achievements of students and staff. Many students achieve success at high levels, Carlson said. "But the board of trustees never has a chance to officially recognize it," he added. Criteria would be set for what constitutes an achievement worthy to be recognized by a formal board resolution, and principals would make recommendations, he said. "It's a way for you to recognize the end result of what you have in place for the students and staff at Havre Public Schools," he said. "I personally really like that idea," Huston said, recommending that trustees consider the proposal and discuss it again at the next planning session.
Boys & Girls Club may get Devlin for $1
School district, club working out details
Published: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
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