Superintendent Justin Downes reported on the latest updates regarding the CTE expansion project at the school board meeting held on February 13th. Downes announced that the walls of the building have been erected, and the project is progressing at a rapid pace. However, the project timeline is being impacted by some subcontractors who are adhering to their start dates, which is making it difficult to move ahead of schedule. Downes stated that it would be a couple of weeks before the roof and decking go up.
Downes also reported that the school had its first construction meeting with contractors, and the next meeting would be held one week from Wednesday. Once the roof and decking are in place, interior work will commence, and concrete will be poured. Downes noted that the project is relatively easy as precast walls and exposed conduit in the shops are making the process smooth. He added that it is an exciting project, and seven trucks came in every day for nine days straight.
At the meeting, Downes also took the opportunity to recognize the school board as it is School Board Recognition Week from February 20th to 24th. He thanked them for their hard work and sacrifices to serve the community and school.
Downes stated that the legislative update revolves around funding this year, and repealing the sales tax on food and property tax relief for the first hundred thousand per dwelling are the top two priorities. However, the property tax relief could impact the capital outlay and special education funding, and legislators need to work on a roadmap to ensure it does not affect the school.
Downes reminded that there will be no change in policy regarding COVID-19.
The school board accepted the resignation of Jeremy Tostenson from his junior high wrestling and Angie Johnson as a paraprofessional. They approved the hiring of Jennifer Cleveland AG, Makayla Johnson, and Katie Wollschlager as elementary teachers, Heidi Mullenbach as a paraprofessional, and Kendra Junso as a special education teacher.
They also approved a waiver from administrative rule, approved the surplus of 91 first-generation iPads and the 2000 Chevrolet P 35 step van, and approved the FY 21 audit. The board also approved the hiring of Rita, Louisiana, as a school librarian. She’s been filling in for the long term sub position.
The meeting also included reports from the elementary principal, special ed, middle school principal, athletic director, high school principal, and superintendent. The next board meeting will be held on March 13th at 6:00 pm.