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School board approves taking bids on high school bathrooms


October 10, 2018

The Havre School board in its monthly meeting Tuesday at Havre Middle School approved taking bids to add another project at Havre High School.

Superintendent Andy Carlson offered a proposal to get a bid on renovations to science classrooms at Havre High. Carlson said he is projecting a total cost of $1.3 million, which includes the bathroom renovations that are presently underway.

Carlson said since construction is already scheduled at Havre High it would make sense to have the company that is tasked with the current bathroom renovations to review the science room designs and offer the school a bid.

The current classrooms are 50-plus years old, Carlson said, and he hopes that even just renovating a couple of them will help them last another 50 plus years.

The board approved the motion to get a bid on the cost of renovating the science rooms at Havre High.

Carlson also told the board about overall enrollment at the Havre schools.

“I guess the bright side, I’ll start with that … is our kindergarten numbers,” Carlson said. “Pretty solid actually. We hit 160.”

For kindergarten through eighth grade, the number of enrolled students is 1,230 and for high school it is 508. Carlson said last year the high school enrollment numbers were about 540 at this time.

The numbers in the spring time for enrollment tend to be 30 or 40 less than the fall, Carlson said.

“I wish I had a better enrollment report to share with you,” he added.

Karla Geda, director of special services for Havre Schools, gave a presentation about Native American week. Geda said Schools had been doing readings from Native American literature and other activities, as well.

The celebration of Native American culture isn’t just going to be a week-long event, Geda said, and highlighted an event coming up next week.

Jim Magera, a former Havre High School history teacher, will be showing his own personal collection of Native American artifacts at the Havre Middle School auditorium from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The event is for the students, but Geda said she is sure that anyone is welcome to attend who wants to attend.

The board was asked by Havre High Activities Director Dennis Murphy if they would be willing to approve travel for the wrestling team to the Tri-State Classic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The tournament takes place Dec. 14 and 15, but Murphy said with travel days factored in, they are looking at Dec. 13 as the departing date and Dec. 16 as the return date.

Murphy said the tournament has some of the top wrestlers from Washington, Montana and Idaho. The number of Havre students who would be attending the tournament is not yet known, Murphy added.

The board asked Murphy to go over expenses for the trip. In 2016, he said, it cost $5,400 to send the wrestling team to the tournament but that included sending wrestlers to a junior varsity tournament in Great Falls. In 2017, no wrestlers were sent to Great Falls and the cost for that trip was about $5,100.

Murphy said he estimates the cost to send wrestlers to Idaho this year would be about $5,600 and that is not including sending any wrestlers to Great Falls to compete.

The board unanimously approved the decision to send the wrestlers to Idaho.


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