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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:


NEW PRINCIPALS HIRED AT P-G: The Platte-Geddes School District has hired Patrick Frederick and Jennifer Knecht as the school's two new principals to fill openings at both the secondary and elementary levels.

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Frederick, who is currently at Dupree and has five years of administrative experience, will earn a salary of $64,500 and receive a $5,000 moving allowance. Knecht, who is currently at Faulkton, also has five years of administrative experience and has served as a Title I and Special Education director. She will earn a salary of $51,000.

The school will have to find a new athletic director as well, with secondary principal Steve Randall vacating the position at the end of the year.

--The Platte Enterprise


HOME SCHOOL POLICY TO REMAIN UNCHANGED: Despite the concerns of a local home school parent, the Chamberlain School Board decided not to change a policy regarding children and extracurricular participation. The board voted 4-1 to leave the policy as is.

Parent Amy Thomas asked the board to reconsider a policy that requires home school students to be enrolled in at least two classes at the school to participate in extracurricular activities. Thomas said her son didn't want to make his mom drive him to school every day for two classes, but that resulted in her son not being able to participate in wrestling. She claimed that it placed an unnecessary burden on families whose children want to participate in activities

Board president Rebecca Reimer said that while she respected Thomas' decision to home school, the rule change could have unintended consequences.

-- Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun

Wessington Springs

CITY CONSIDERS ENDING SUMMER REC PROGRAM: The Wessington Springs City Council has received one application for coaches for the city's summer recreation programs, leaving the council to wonder whether the baseball and softball programs are worth sponsoring at all.

The council met earlier this week to consider applications for coaches and only received a single application for an assistant position. The council decided to then table the hiring process.

The city council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17 at City Hall to discuss the future or possible end of summer rec programming and has encouraged interested parties to attend.

--The Wessington Springs True Dakotan


BON HOMME FLIPS GYMNASTICS CO-OP: The Bon Homme-Yankton gymnastics co-op has been dissolved and the district's gymnasts will now partner with Wagner for the 2014-15 season, after the Bon Homme School Board's vote earlier this week.

Issues were raised regarding the coaching and treatment of athletes from the Yankton coaches and board members heard from parents and gymnasts from Bon Homme and parents from Yankton. After a lengthy discussion, the school board voted to dissolve the co-op and approve a new one with Wagner.

Activities Director Mike Duffek told The Daily Republic last month that the school had four students participating in the co-op from the school district and paid $200 per student to Yankton, which then took care of all other details and expenses. Those students had to find their own rides to Yankton for practice.

The details of the co-op with Wagner are still to be determined.

-- Tyndall Tribune and Register


COUNTY TO TOUGHEN UP AGAINST DITCH PLANTERS: Douglas County Highway Superintendent Joel Meyer wants to add teeth the county's annual notice about farmers planting in the county's right-of-way in ditches.

He told commissioners he would issue his annual notice but also wanted to send a letter to farmers telling "why we don't plant in ditches" and said he would likely put stakes in the ground that denote the county's right-of-way boundaries. If the letter fails to work, Meyer wants the sheriff to serve the landowner with a cease and desist order.

"If a guy chooses to run (the stakes) over, that's when you go to the cease-and-desist letter," he said. "It's not going to be easy — it's going to be a fight with some people, I know."

The commission is receptive to some sort of action after Commissioner Floyd Muntefering was injured in a car accident in the county where both vehicles' line of sight was impeded by corn growth and the commission has vowed to hear more on the topic at their next meeting.

-- Tyndall Tribune and Register