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School board's primary focus on junior high building development     Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 21, 2003]  Lincoln Elementary School District 27 board spent a lengthy evening in discussion Wednesday. One major point was the building project for the new junior high school. Court Coles, a project representative from S.M. Wilson company, discussed the budget on the project.

Cole went over a spreadsheet on the final cost estimations for the project. He said the estimates are updated daily and he would continue to give the board copies of the cost projections. A cost of $25,000 was included that will be incurred to fill in the hole left after the removal of an original foundation on the site.

Apparently, the original high school's foundation was merely covered up when the last school was built. It has now been removed, and the new school will be built on the same site with a new foundation. Coles said that so far everything is right on budget for the junior high project.

The board also spent a great deal of time discussing and deciding upon a few optional purchases for the new building, such as a stage area for productions, complete with the lighting, sound systems, curtains and backdrops like the board purchased for Central School. Other options were the number of basketball hoops and bleachers to be installed in the gym, the type of conduit for lighting and electrical work, and different types of fire sprinkler systems for the classrooms.

The board also had a presentation from district librarian Elaine Knight on the "Live and Learn" state library grants, which pay up to 75 cents per student in the district. Knight discussed the ways the library supports classroom education by providing additional books and resources to the teachers to complement or supplement the curriculum. She said last year's grant money was used to purchase many books from the recommended reading lists to correspond with the new reading textbooks in all six grades.

This year Knight hopes to use the money to upgrade the computer systems in the library for ease in finding books and keeping track of which books are in the library. The current program is DOS-based and is very cumbersome, but a new system has been developed using Windows XP.


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District Superintendent Robert Kidd reported on an upcoming meeting in Springfield for the Abe Lincoln Governing Committee and expressed a desire to host an upcoming fall dinner meeting for this group. He also discussed a donation from the Kiwanis Club, a book review published by Knight, a request for information and a report from Marsha Dallas, the district's half-time curriculum coordinator.

Board Scholar students were announced prior to the signing of certificates. Qualifying students are in seventh and eighth grade and earned A's in all classes, including physical education and band. Only about 10 students earned this honor for this grading period. Their names will be released after they receive their awards.

The board accepted the resignation of two current coaches. Donnie Aeilts as head girls track coach and Kitty Logan as assistant girls basketball coach.

Jan Malerich will replace Logan as assistant girls basketball coach for the rest of the season.

Marianne Hays has also been hired as a half-time LD teacher at Jefferson School for the rest of this year.

A leave of absence was approved for Lisa Cook.

Other items discussed in the meeting were an estimated tax levy, which cannot be done accurately yet because some final figures are still outstanding.

Health-Life Safety inspections of the school buildings and board policy changes were also discussed. Proposed policy changes include the mandatory taping of closed sessions, banning child sex offenders from serving on the board and policies based on the No Child Left Behind Act.

The board adjourned to closed session to discuss a student disciplinary action and the appointment, employment or dismissal of an employee.

[Ruth Halpin]

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