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Bid specs approved for new Community Building roof

Replacement of the Community Building roof will most likely begin after board approval of a contractor in May.

At their meeting Monday night, District 20 board members gave the green light to bid specs and set the bid opening date for May 3.

Documents weren’t available at the meeting from the district architect, DLR Group of Omaha.

However the estimated $200,000 cost will be financed through the district’s building and depreciation funds.

Superintendent Mike Teahon said construction is supposed to be finished by Aug. 1.

Condensation problems have occurred in the roof of the Community Building for years and different solutions tried.

The board decided in March to remove several layers of roof and start over.

In other action, the board hired Blake Erickson, a recent Doane College graduate, to teach in Dudley Elementary. His grade level has not been determined yet.

A Franklin native, Erickson student taught at Grand Island Central Catholic High School and York Elementary School.

As the board has done in past years, members approved 25 slots for teachers and administrators to participate in the laptop purchase program.

The district buys an Apple computer for use at school or home and teachers pay for 50% of the cost over three years, plus insurance.

After that, the computer belongs to the teacher or administrator.

Members discussed the eventual phasing out of laptops by Apple as they produce more iPads, an issue that will be discussed by the technology committee.

The board reviewed, but took no action on revisions of policies for student discipline, Internet safety and acceptable use and dispensing of medication policies.

They are available for review on the school’s website

gothenburg.k12.ne.us or in the superintendent’s office.

An addition to the discipline policy includes wording about “sexting” or generating, sending receiving or encouraging others to “sext,” through an electronic device, something that displays sexual content or a sexually explicit message or sexually exploits someone.

Penalties are included in the policy as well as the reporting of offenses to legal authorities and law enforcement.

The polices will be acted upon at the May 14 board meeting.

Summer projects have started with new lighting installed on the elementary stage and in classrooms off the gymnasium.

Elementary signage is completed and installation of a new water heater and circulation pump.

A mower has been delivered and Community Building gymnasium wall pads installed.

Parking lot striping and inside and outside Community Building lighting are left to do as well as the Community Building roof.

During his administrator report, Teahon said health insurance rates will increase 2.9% and that state aid amounts for schools are supposed to be certified and announced later this week.

In other business, the board:

reviewed a more detailed quality assurance review report prepared by an accreditation team that visited the school in late February.

approved option enrollment requests for the following students next year: Dillon Gartner, who will be a senior; and Tucker Gartner, who will be an eighth grader, to Giltner Public Schools; Kaitlyn Ronning, who will be a sixth grader, to Brady Public Schools.

were informed that state testing of students has started and will continue through the first part of May.

A MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test will replaced the Iowa Basic Test of Skills that students take now. The new test is said to have instant feedback, and more data, and will be administered three times next year.

were told that new Spanish textbooks are being considered and can be viewed in junior high principal and curriculum coordinator Ryan Groene’s office.

learned that 65 kindergartners are registered for this fall with more expected. Thirty-five are registered for the school’s Jump Start program this summer.

heard that the elementary staff is recommending certain students to attend summer school.

were made aware that the school will host five track meets in April, in the span of about 20 days. The board also learned that Lexington will not join the Southwest Conference, at least not this year.

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