The Iola-Scandinavia School Board approved a new waste and recycling agreement at its Dec. 8 meeting.
The board accepted the lowest bid of $6,600 per year, which was submitted by Graichen. A total of four bids were received.
With the price locked in for a three-year period, the district will realize a savings of about $5,000 annually. The pick-up days will remain the same, with the provider switching on Jan. 1, 2015.
“They will not require the district to sign a contract, so if we are unsatisfied with the service, we may change providers at any time without a contract cancellation fee,” said Business Manager Sarah Thiel.
Work has begun on the new access road to the high school parking lot.
According to District Administrator David Dyb, the Waupaca County Highway Department may need to halt progress until a utility pole is moved.
After the road is finished, the school district may begin the next phase of the project, which includes a traffic control study for the parking lot.
The next step will be to consider possible uses for the remainder of the newly-acquired property.
Dyb also said the new hydro-vection ovens have arrived and will be installed during the winter break.
In addition, he said the school district has been offered a chance to purchase the Leonard Haroldson property on County Road G. He recommended that the district not pursue another purchase at this time.
“If somebody wants to buy it and donate it to the school district, that would be great,” said board member Bruce Beyersdorf.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 12-passenger bus and the sale of a 59-passenger bus.
According to Transportation Director Gary Trzebiatowski, the district seldom uses bus #16 but will get a lot of use from a smaller 12-passenger bus that is also equipped with a wheelchair lift.