School board approves purchase
By Jane Myhra
A new sign has been ordered for the Iola-Scandinavia School District.
The I-S School Board approved the purchase of a $25,302 two-sided digital sign from TLC Sign.
A total of $20,000 in local donations will cover most of the purchase, except for about $5,000. These donations included $7,500 from Krause Foundation; $2,500 from Iola Lions Club; $2,500 from Iola Lioness Club; $2,000 from Chet Krause Family; and $500 from Jones Publishing.
The board did not choose the more expensive sign option that included the T-Bird logo.
Board President Kristin Hoyord suggested the board ask some of the donors which option they preferred.
“Option 1 is easier to read,” said Iola Lioness Treasurer Pat Leer.
The board voted in favor of Option 1.
“What happens if we don’t have the money?” board member Adam Wolberg asked.
The remaining balance would come out of the district’s general fund, according to Business Manager Sarah Thiel.
In other business, the board approved the following summer projects: $9,059 for playground equipment; $8,271 for new doors in the elementary school’s third-grade wing; $3,500 for bus garage heating unit; and $310,323 for replacing a large portion of the high school roof. These projects were planned as part of the referendum.
The board also approved changing its meeting date to April 3, since the regular meeting date of April 10 is during spring break.
An article in the March 23 Waupaca County Post about an Iola-Scandinavia School Board discussion regarding a proposed sign incorrectly reported that Ken Wavruk supported option 2, which was the more expensive of two options.
According to a tape recording and minutes of the meeting:
Ken Wavruk: I would make a recommendation that we wait to see what our final donation totals are, because we don’t want to spend more than we’ve got. So we want to go with the cheaper option just to save.
Motion by Wavruk to go with option one.
Bob Fredy: If we’re going to do it, I think option 2 looks better to be honest. Let’s spend the little bit of extra money, it’s a one-time project.
Mike Koles: Seconded the motion
Motion unanimously carried.
At no time did Wavruk say he wanted to go with option 2.
The Waupaca County Post regrets the error.