By ERICKA WERLING
SOLOMON –– The Solomon Board of Education will move forward with its selection of the K-5 principal/superintendent candidates, the board said at the February meeting Monday.
There were 12 candidates for the K-5 principal/superintendent as of Tuesday, which was the deadline for applying for the combined position.
The board wants to offer a contract during its March 11 meeting.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 with representatives from McPherson & Jacobson, a recruitment company, to receive applicants’ packets. The board will interview selected candidates on Saturday, March 2.
Also on Feb. 25, the board will interview board candidates for the two board vacancies. Russ Fair and Mark Wallace resigned from the board in January. The board is accepting letters of interest to fill those slots. That process will begin at 5 p.m.
At Monday’s meeting, district Athletic Director Jim Atkisson made several recommendations to the board regarding football uniforms, the high school gymnasium floor, weeding and seeding the football field and middle school and high school cheerleading.
Board members approved two bids for the 35 sets of football uniforms. One bid was $875 for white jerseys, and the second bid was $6,492, for two sets of pants and red jerseys.
Atkisson brought his recommendations about the cheerleaders because he said he sees problems in scheduling when the same students participate in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball and attend practices.
Among recommendations he made, Atkisson said he would like to see no sixth graders or freshmen be cheerleaders. He said he would like to see freshmen girls tryout for sports. He also recommended that there would be outside selection in tryouts for both the middle school and high school cheer teams.
He further recommended that the high school dance team be combined with the cheerleaders, and that the group be comprised of five or seven members.
In talking about the high school gymnasium floor, Atkisson said that water had seeped underneath the floor about 10 years ago. He presented several options for repair.
The floor was new in 1996 when the high school was built.
In other action, the board:
•approved retirements for Linda Klucas, food service director, and Ann Klug, fifth grade teacher;
•approved a request from Jake Montoya, instrumental band instructor, to take the Jazz Band to a competition in Norfolk, Neb., March 24-26;
•accepted gifts of $50 from PTO and $50 from the Solomon Booster Club for use with the MTSS Family Fun Night Feb. 4;
The board went into executive session, but took no action.