Proposals regarding technology improvements and maintenance projects were presented to the Clintonville School Board Monday, Feb. 10.
The technology proposal includes staff training, the purchase of 265 Apple iPad 2 devices, 1,150 Samsung Chromebooks, mice and cases for the Chromebooks, memory for the lab computers and Microsoft Windows 7. The total estimated cost was listed at $609,918, but options for leasing devices may be considered.
The initial recommendation called for an agenda item at the next meeting for the purchase of 130 Samsung Chromebooks/mice/cases for immediate student training in grades 3-4 for Smarter Balanced Pilot Testing (April 7-25), as well as staff training on June 16.
Several maintenance items were also discussed, including roof repair projects. The board approved a recommendation to hire Bluefin LLC to conduct a roof study and prepare documents for a roof replacement of a portion of the middle school roof.
Building and Grounds Manager Steve Reinke reported that roof repairs at the middle school, Dellwood and Longfellow could cost around $260,689. A five-year plan has been discussed, paying $54,000 in the first year and then designating $60,000 for the next four years.
A three-year plan, with funds coming from the Fund Balance, would begin in the summer of 2014. This plan, which is another option, will cover 9,828 square feet of the worst areas on the middle school roof. This is expected to cost around $54,054. Year two would involve 16,435 square feet of roof over the middle school IMC, which is expected to cost about $90,392. Year three calls for covering the rest of the roof areas at the middle school, Dellwood and Longfellow – an area of 21,135 square feet, at an estimated cost of $116,243.
If the three year plan is approved and completed as scheduled, roof work would be up-to-date until the year 2025; however, the high school roof will be 22 years old in 2025, and there are other roofs due for replacement at that time. The high school roof covers 172,359 square feet, and a very rough estimate shows that it would cost about $1.2 million.
HVAC upgrades were also discussed, with Reinke noting that it could cost $1.487 million to upgrade the systems currently in place at the Rexford/Longfellow/1918 facility.
Other maintenance items that need attention include windows at the middle school and Rexford/Longfellow/1918 buildings; parking lots at the middle school; electrical at Longfellow; and floor tile at Longfellow.
School Business Manager hired
The board adjourned into closed session to discuss personnel items and conduct administrative interviews. Upon returning to open session, the board voted in favor of hiring Lynette Edwards as School Business Manager, effective July 1, 2014. Lynette will replace Jenny Goldschmidt, who is retiring.
In other business, the board approved the following items:
• Adoption of Policy 3551 – Tax exempt and tax advantage bonds (2nd reading);
• Advanced refunding of 2002 bonds, authorizing Wisconsin Public Finance Professionals to proceed with coordinating the financing team and preparations to enter the municipal market for the advance refunding of the 2002 bonds for debt service savings (this step is preliminary, and does not reflect a final decision);
• Hiring Kayla Lautenschlager to a Para II position at Rexford/Longfellow, 29 hours per week, effective Feb. 3;
• Accepting the resignation of Chris Bermann for the purpose of retirement, effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year; and
• Accepting the resignation of Dean Muthig from his JV football coaching position.
Building administrators also presented several “Good News” items to the board. Those items can be found on the district’s website at http://www.clintonville.k12.wi.us/district/documents/GOOD_NEWS-February_2014.pdf. Included in that information is an update on the district goal setting process, which was presented to the board by Amy Bindas, director of teaching and learning.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the middle school IMC.