School board moves forward with middle school renovations

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors held a special meeting on Jan. 9 to hear presentations from Garland Roofing Company, Baker Group, and Modus Engineering regarding conditions in the middle school building.

Dennis Martin from the Garland Roofing Company was present to answer questions regarding roof replacement at the middle school above the multi-purpose room and shop areas. This project would then complete the re-roofing of the middle school building.

The board decided to move forward with the roofing project, requesting bids for the replacement of both roofs.

Jared Bartel of Modus Engineering, and Brian Schwartz and David Jorgenson of the Baker Group presented lower-cost options for remedying humidity issues at the middle school. Business Manager David Schlueter provided financing options for each. The board voted to begin the bidding process for the HVAC project as well.

In the regular meeting that followed, Dean Meier presented a slide presentation regarding the strategic facility planning process and recommended the forming of a committee to determine short-term and long-term facility improvements consistent with a long-range vision of the future of the district.  Mr. Nelson would begin the process by contacting recommended citizens in both of the district communities to form a committee of approximately 20 people.   

Superintendent Nelson reported on the 2014-2015 school calendar and the option to choose between hours versus days, technology leasing options, a meeting on Feb. 4 with state legislators regarding virtual schools, a 3rd grade retention program, plans to develop a course in Advanced Manufacturing, a $250.00 donation from the town of Millville and the need to schedule a program committee meeting.

David Schlueter presented three-year bus lease bids from School Bus Sales, Hoglund Bus Co., and Thomas Bus Sales. The board voted to lease three buses from School Bus Sales for a cost of $9,856.48 per bus, per year. 

Jim Schlueter and Terry Jasper were present to request that the board reconsider the purchase of a pick-up truck and plow.  After a lengthy discussion, the board  approved the purchase with costs not exceeding $25,000.00. Kara Gaul was approved as a volunteer high school math tutor.   

The 2014 driver’s education fee was set at $275.00, and driver education contracts were approved for  both Wes Baier and Louis Cook.  

(Taken from board minutes by Mary Seifert, edited by Molly Moser.)

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