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Work on new pole vault runways, a long jump runway, and a
large high jump/multi-purpose practice area at Exeter-Milligan began this
week. Much of the sod was removed and placed at different spots at the
Exeter campus and at a few of the local parks.
There was something for everyone at the 2014 June
Jubilee. From the Friday night concerts to Sunday afternoon’s parade and
polka bands, it was, like the theme, a giant “parking lot party.”
The weekend started with a tractor drive on Friday morning
and Saturday’s activities included a Rooster Run, Softball tournament, Sand
Volleyball tournament, a road rally, tractor pull and the annual pork rib and
loin cook off. There was bingo in the afternoon along with polka
music. The evening’s activities included a performance from local
favorites “The Rusty Nichol,” and an 80’s cover band, “On the Fritz.”
Sunday was a family day for all, especially since it was
Father’s Day. The softball tournament was cancelled due to heavy rains
from the night before but the Polka Mass was a hit. The Grand Parade
featured the 2013 Exeter-Milligan State Champion Football team as the Grand
Marshalls. The Wilber Alumni Band shared the Centennial beer garden with
the Milligan Brass Band for the afternoon entertainment. The kids were
invited to make rope, get their faces painted and participate in the kids’
pedal pull contest.
Chris Mussman won the Kolache eating contest before Sue and
the Blue River Czech’s took the stage. The evening ended with an auction
of the chainsaw carver’s pieces and other memorabilia from the event.
The Exeter-Milligan School Board met on Wednesday, June 11
in Milligan with a light agenda.
Under old business the only progress made on a possible
building project was the determination that the board needed to look at times
for a workshop which included the architects the board has chosen.
Superintendent Paul Sheffield gave a report on the extensive
damage to the school from the June 3 hail storm in Exeter. At the time of
the meeting the insurance adjuster had not been to the school and all of the
essential items had been repaired with windows boarded up and vehicle
taillights and mirrors replaced.
Sheffield also reported that the Preschool room had been
cleared out and TYKE representatives had sorted through the supplies in
anticipation of the fall term.
Next on the agenda were the activity coop requests from
Friend and Meridian. Sheffield discussed the request from Meridian noting
that he had spoken to the new superintendent at Meridian who had expressed “a
wait and see attitude.”
As for the junior high football request from Friend,
Sheffield explained, “I can see it being a thing where they can participate
with our team. They would wear our uniform and practice with us in Exeter
and all the games would be in Milligan.”
Board Secretary Annette Gloystein emphasized, “There would
be no team name change and they would wear our uniforms.”
The board gave Sheffield permission to informally present
this option to the Friend district.
The board reviewed policy updates to the student
handbook. Sheffield explained the reasoning behind some of the tobacco and
narcotic changes. Some of these changes were in response to the rising
availability of hash oil and its legalization for medical purposes in
Nebraska. He outlined the new forms of the oil that are becoming common
and how students can use them without administration knowledge.
Sheffield also clarified the schools jurisdiction in
searching vehicles in the parking areas at the school with both a drug dog and
the policy for firearms. “The nice thing about our policy is that it is
written so that the superintendent can review violations on a case by case
basis. We have kids who might go hunting before and after school or have
trap practice or a trap shoot after school. They could possibly have a gun in
their vehicle. Some schools have taken on a zero tolerance policy.”
The board approved the teaching contract of Derek Harlow who
will be teaching PE and Title at the Milligan campus. He will receive a
temporary Special Ed endorsement from the state as he is currently working on
The school board also approved a .05 hike in milk prices
which will affect extra milk purchased along with milk tickets in the
Extra duty assignments for all of the teachers were reviewed
and the board excused member Tom Sluka’s absence from the meeting.
Sheffield showed the new countertop for the kitchen and updated the information
on the weight room which has been moved to the south half of the small
gym. The next Exeter-Milligan School Board was set for July 16th.
Dean Filipi, Exeter-Milligan head football coach and Athletic Director, will coach the 2014 Nebraska Coaches Association All Star Eight Man Football game on June 21 at the Hastings College Football Complex. Joining Filipi as his assistant coach on the East All-Stars will be Exeter-Milligan Assistant Football Coach, Jackson Krejci..
Exeter-Milligan graduating seniors chosen to join the squad are James Sluka and Nolan White. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.