Breckenridge schools working on emergency drill

Breckenridge School Board held its organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 7. Board members are, back row,  Justin Neppl, Clayton Ernst, Marc Hasbargen and Ty Mikkelson; and front row, Steven Arnhalt, Erin Johnson and Brett Johnson.

Breckenridge Public Schools is working on an emergency response drill.

The district will collaborate with first responders, law enforcement, fire, safety and other community responders. This was announced during the school board’s Monday, Jan. 7 organizational meeting.

It is not currently clear what the drill will exactly look like, such as evacuations involving bus drivers. However, it will be done in an age-appropriate way which won’t scare students.

Brett Johnson was again declared chairperson of the board during the election of officials. Steve Arnhalt was elected vice chairman. Erin Johnson was elected clerk and Justin Neppl was elected treasurer.

The board is completed by Clayton Ernst, Marc Hasbargen and Ty Mikkelson. There were no new members elected this year.

Committee assignments and meeting schedules were reviewed and adjusted as necessary. Due to school activities, the board meetings on March 4 and March 18 were both changed to 5 p.m. from the standard 6 p.m. meeting time.

The Monday, Jan. 14 meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. has been changed to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 15. That’s because from 5-8:30 p.m., Breckenridge will hold its Student Showcase.

Students will display work they have completed on active classroom or project-based learning. Superintendent Diane Cordes encourage board members to attend.

Prior to the Student Showcase, at 5 p.m., there will be informational presentations on vaping. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., a public meal will be available. It’s included so parents will not have to worry about feeding their family while attending.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Room 233 of Breckenridge Elementary School. The school will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21.

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