The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met on Monday, June 18th.
Cozad Middle School/High School vocal music teacher Stacie Blackmore and Cozad Middle School/High School band director Mark Messner appeared before the board to propose the addition of a musical pit director to the list of paid positions for the upcoming school year’s musical.
 Blackmore and Messner explained that Cozad musicals provide an opportunity for our students to display their vocal, theatrical and dancing talents. Typical CHS musicals involve 45-90 students with full-length musicals running between 90 and 120 minutes including acting, singing, dancing and instrumentation.
Through the addition of a live musical pit we will also showcase the talents of our fine instrumentalists. Adding this component to the musical will enhance the quality of our overall production, as well as provide an invaluable experience for both our instrumental and vocal musicians they further explained.
The school board unanimously approved the proposal to add Mark Messner as the Musical Pit Director for this year’s fall musical. Stacie Blackmore will be the Musical Director and Mercedez Guerra will serve as the Stage Director.
Under Administrative Reports, High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that 16 students are attending this year’s summer credit recovery program. “Twenty two students were invited to participate in this 20-day program,” Beckenhauer said.
“They meet for four hours daily with the emphasis being on core subject recovery, especially English,” Beckenhauer continued.
Beckenhauer praised the efforts of the custodial staff that have been doing a phenomenal job cleaning and waxing the floors.
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported that this is his sixth year as middle school principal and he’s faced the highest turnover in teaching staff in that time period. 
“It was a challenging year for hiring, but we have made four quality hires, with three of the four new teachers having experience,” Regelin said. 
Both Beckenhauer and Regelin reported that the class schedules had been completed in their respective buildings.
They also reported that the new method of waxing is much quicker, looks more even and is easier to buff throughout the year.
Both principals expressed high satisfaction with the job performance of the new Transportation Director, John Smock.
According to Regelin, “Smock is a trained and certified mechanic and has saved the district a lot of money already on vehicle and mower maintenance and repairs.”
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson reported that the average After Zone attendance so far this summer is 108/day, with 119 being the highest number in attendance so far. 
Board members accepted the resignation of Ashley Bartlett as an elementary para-professional and hired Juanita Way to take her place. Gabe Estrada was hired as an AfterZone and Elementary para for the summer month.
The Consent Agenda items were approved, including the approval of the proposed Board of Education regular meeting calendar for 2018-2019. 
Under Action Items, the revision to the middle school/high school lunch price was approved, with $3.00 rather than $2.95 being charged per meal.
Principal Beckenhauer submitted three requests for attendance waivers for three students for second semester. The requests were approved.
Superintendent Joel Applegate recommended that the wellness center stipends to the Community Wellness Center be discontinued this year due his wanting to cut expenditures.
Discussion followed on the $100 stipend or the punch cards at the wellness center.
Board Member Scott Geiser, who is also on the CWC Board of Directors pointed out that the employees do have to pay their fair share for the annual membership to the CWC and that if this benefit is dropped the school may be asked to provide additional funding as per the agreement with the Cozad Community Health Care System and the City of Cozad.
The motion to continue the CWC stipends to staff for the 2018-2019 school year was approved with board member Joel Carlson casting the lone nay vote.
Board members did vote to discontinue the wellness benefit regarding unpaid sick leave to staff members for the upcoming school year. This benefit cost the district 25 thousand dollars per year with staff members being paid 50 dollars/day for unused sick leave.
Superintendent Joel Applegate was designated to be the district’s representative for federal and state programs starting July 1, 2018.
Discussion took place on activity admission prices and family passes and was tabled until the next board meeting.
Board members approved the bid from Mid-States Automation for the High School Mechanical Temperature Controls as presented.
Superintendent Applegate proposed moving the fall parent-teacher conference from Thursday, October 18th to Monday, October 15th. 
“When we created the two year calendar for last year and the upcoming school year we thought that the football playoff game would remain on the third Friday of October, but it was moved to the third Thursday,” Applegate explained.
Board members approved changing the date of the conferences to October 15th.
Eight polices were adopted and two policies received approval to be revoked.
Under Discussion Items, Superintendent Applegate visited with the board about the committee meetings calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.
A lengthy discussion was held regarding student cell phone usage now that the school provides them with Chromebooks. It was decided that the administrators would discuss this at their meetings and come to the next board meeting with recommendations.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 16th at Noon.
 
Farnam will be celebrating proudly throughout this weekend during the Founder’s Day celebration. 
There will be a four-person golf scramble at the Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg on Friday at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Becky Rabel along with Amy and Andy Houser.  
Showing off their hard work and turning back the clock will be the participants in the Antique Tractor Drive that starts at 2:30 p.m. by the Football Field. 
After working up an appetite, you can check out the free will offering, homemade ice cream and cookie social that will start at 7 p.m. 
The Honored Citizens will be spotlighted at 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday is jam-packed with activities. 
Hitting the door running will be the competitors in the 5K Fun Run that starts at 7 a.m. in front of the Catholic Church in Farnam. 
The annual Parade will kick-off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. 
At the conclusion of the parade, there will be a full onslaught of events in the park. 
The Car Antique Tractor and Motorcycle Show starts at 11 a.m. and will finish up near 3 p.m. 
There will be an Antique Tractor Points Pull at Noon. and a Tractor Pedal Pull at 2 p.m. 
With all the fun-filled activities planned, you will get hungry and be rewarded as there will be BBQ Rib cookoff at 5:30 p.m.  The drawing for the 50/50 raffle will also occur on Saturday evening during the cookoff. 
There will be a street dance at the Silver Spur with the Ashton Dugan Band taking center stage from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is $3 per person or $5 for a couple. 
The Methodist Church will host worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Farnam High School Gym. There will be an 11:30 a.m. brunch to follow the services.  
  Magic will transform Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, June 22 for the 24th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dawson County. This year’s theme of “A Cure Is A Magical Thing” promises fun entertainment, inspirational speakers and traditional ceremonies all with the goal to make cancer disappear. The event participants and corporate sponsors have raised a total of $30,400 so far.
            Each dollar raised is used to fight cancer, said Reuben Hoff, Event Leadership Team Chairperson of Cozad. But that is just part of Relay For Life. The real magic is a personal connection to this amazing event, he said.
Relay For Life draws out different emotions for each participant. Cancer survivors celebrate their victory over cancer with happy tears. Many participants remember those they have lost to cancer and others are there to fight back against a disease that takes too many lives and leaves sadness and heartache behind.
“Relay empowers all of us. We may not be scientists or doctors, but each one of us right here in Dawson County can have an impact on research, education and serving cancer patients through the American Cancer Society. The dollar you give could buy the test tube that holds a cure,” Hoff said.
Survivors and caregivers kickoff the six-hour event with the Lap of Hope at 6 p.m. All cancer survivors are encouraged to arrive early to register at the survivor booth between 5 - 5:30 p.m. The 2018 honorary chairpersons are survivors Susan Williams of Gothenburg, Reuben Hoff and Joyce Olds, both of Cozad. Also leading the lap this year is Dawson County’s first honorary previvor, Melissa BeDunnah of Lexington.
The lap will begin on the northeast corner of the park. Three of the four streets around the park will be closed to traffic after 5 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available.
As survivors and their caregivers finish the lap, the Cozad Community Hospital will serve a meal. Those walking the first lap will be first to go through the line and the remainder of the meal will be first come, first serve until food is gone. A free-will donation will be accepted.
Sponsors of this year’s pork sandwich meal include New Life Interiors, Shane Schutte, Peterson’s Supermarket, Plum Creek Market, Culligan, Lexington Regional Health Center, People First of Dawson County, Family Dollar and Dollar General.
The Silent Auction from 6 – 8:30 p.m. will be near the covered picnic area at the park. Several Relay Baskets will be available to bid on with other items like a horseshoe boot rack, Survivor purple toy tractor, auto detail and much more. Bidders must be present at the end of the silent auction to pay for and claim their items.
A Magical Luminaria Gold Star Bag will be sold for $15. Other luminaria will be available for $10. Both will honor a cancer survivor or remember a loved one lost to cancer.
Team walking starts after the survivor lap. Throughout the event, deejay Steve Clouatre of North Platte and emcee Theresa Bubak of Cozad return for a repeat performance of good, music, fun banter and strong Relay spirit. Door prizes will be given throughout the evening. Each person who attends will receive one free ticket.
Activities, games and fundraisers will be conducted throughout the evening including a Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt, Magic Makeover and others.
Nan Hynes, ACS CAN volunteer of North Platte, will be selling luminaria and sharing information about the Lights Of Hope event in Washington DC in September. ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.
The night concludes with a touching Luminaria Ceremony starting at dusk. The 1,500 or more luminaria candles will be lit to illuminate the way for Relay walkers until midnight.
 “Cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we,” Hoff said. “Dawson County has great support from all of the communities and the business leaders both with corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations.”
Organizers request no tobacco products and no pets (for their safety as well as for Relay participants).
For more information, contact Hoff at 308-325-1314.
  The American Lutheran Church will be having their ice cream social and fireworks display on Friday, June 29th, 2018. They will be serving ice cream from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Fireworks when dark. Bad weather date will be Saturday, June 30th.
  Entertainment by: South Loup Sunrise Band. Bring your lawn chairs.
  Fireworks donated by: Troy’s Hot Rocket Fireworks.