The Milbank School District Board of Education met on June 8. Items on the agenda included: expectations for the upcoming school year, construction on the new elementary school, and the capital outlay fund.
Regarding school next fall, it was reported a state task force was formed, but has not made its recommendations available yet. The general concensus was each school district will create its own plan.
Construction on the new school is progressing with some areas nearly 100 percent complete. A punch list was made to identify items still unfinished or in need of adjustment. Crews were given two weeks to complete the list. Rooms will then be ready for occupancy. The goal is to move items from Koch School to the new school prior to putting down blacktop on July 27. Concrete for curbs, gutters, and sidewalks are also expected to be poured soon.
Rooftop heating and cooling units are being replaced at the high school as part of the construction project. The units have arrived and will be installed using a crane.
The temperature controls for the units will be also be updated at a cost of $247,408. The district will borrow the funds to cover the expense to lessen the impact on the capital outlay budget.
According to Superintendent Downes, The interest rate on the loan is 3.15 percent and the district expects to pay it off early. Downes says, “The capital outlay fund is stretched thin next year due to the construction, but beyond that is in good shape.” Downes also explained the scoreboard in the new gym has the First Bank and Trust logo on it because the bank provided the funding.
The board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Lisa Lindquist, who is moving to Watertown, and the resignation of paraprofessional Madison Bowsher, who plans to return to law school.
The board approved the hiring of Ashley McCulloch, an elementary paraprofessional; Kasi Schlueter, an MS/HS paraprofessional; Noelle Korth, an elementary paraprofessional; Jacqueline Pew, an elementary librarian/paraprofessional; Cody Stokesbary, an MS/HS paraprofessional; and Wendy Boerger, a custodian.
The next meeting of the Milbank School District Board of Education is scheduled for July 13. A budget hearing will take place at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will follow.Con