GHEC top official steps down

GRANADA – Dr. Steven Heyd, who has served as principal and superintendent at Granada-Huntley-East Chain, submitted his resignation to the school board Thursday.

Heyd joked that he will be leaving snow and ice for spiders and snakes when he relocates to Tennessee, where his fiancee lives. He has headed the school district for two years, and his last day will be June 30.

In other business, the school board discussed the possibility of forming a cooperative agreement for boys basketball with other school districts, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

Terry Bentele, athletic director, and Scott Chirpich, head boys basketball coach, were in agreement that such a move would have positive results.

“Interest? I think there is at this point,” Bentele said.

“When you only have a few, it’s hard to get the best out of the players,” Chirpich said.

Combining also would join communities and forge new friendships, he added.

“I heard good things about the junior high combining with Truman [this school year],” Chirpich said. “The parents liked it. The kids liked it.”

He noted there are negative aspects, such as practice costs and determining game and practice venues.

“But I think it’s the right time,” he said.

“I’ve talked to a couple of parents, and they’re for it,” said Bryan Nowicki, board member.

“It sounds like an all right thing to me,” agreed board member Troy Jensen.

“This is going to take some time,” added Robert Garry, chairman of the board. “We can’t wait until August.”

Bentele said the board will have to approve the process before he can approach other school boards about the possibility of uniting the boys basketball teams.

Issues such as practice locations, game locations, team name, coaching staff and transportation will need to be discussed only if the cooperative agreement is accepted by other schools.

“That’s going to be a bumpy road, figuring everything out,” Nowicki commented.

The board voted unanimously to explore a cooperative agreement.

In other business, the board:

o Accepted the retirement of Linda Hauge at the end of this school year. She has taught second grade at the East Chain School for 38 years.

o Approved the 2014-15 school calendar. The first day of school will be Sept. 2, with graduation set for May 22, 2015, and the last day slated on May 29. Christmas break will run from Dec. 20 through Jan. 4.

o Authorized application to the Fairmont Area Youth Foundation for a $2,000 grant for a reading program, school and educational activities this summer for preschool up to third grade.