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School Board approves purchase of maintenance equipment and scoreboard

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The Duneland Support Services will be doing some holiday shopping as the School Board on Monday voted 5-0 in favor of tapping $365,000 in the rainy day fund for new purchases.

Duneland’s Chief Financial Officer Lynn Kwilasz said that various vehicles and equipment owned by the school corporation have reached the end of their life cycle and can no longer be repaired or maintained.

A public hearing was held for the additional appropriation with $225,000 earmarked for equipment for grounds and maintenance and $140,000 for vehicles. No one from the public spoke during the hearing.

Kwilasz said funds from the schools’ Capital Projects Fund have been used to purchase equipment but the fund is currently limited due to the repairs and replacement of roofs and HVAC units at school facilities. The Referendum Fund and General Fund is designated for student and instructional expenditures so rainy day funds are the “next logical place to go,” Kwilasz said.

Duneland currently has a balance for $4.7 million in rainy day money.

With the allocation, Kwilasz said the corporation will purchase a Genie TZ50 trailer mounted boom lift, a mechanical bus lift, an F550 Dump Truck, a lawn tractor, a grounds van, a maintenance van, an additional surface mount lift, a stump grinder, a Kromer infield tractor and a pool van.

Pool scoreboard

Also, Schools Superintendent David Pruis said that the Duneland Athletic Department is planning to purchase a new scoreboard for the swimming pool at CHS. It will be purchased through the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, he said.

The board will be paid for through the Athletic Department, using money from school athletic events, which is separate from the schools’ budget, Kwilasz said. But the funds still must be approved by the school board as required by the State Board of Accounts.

Duneland Athletic Director Garry Nallanweg said this is the third time the scoreboard has had to be replaced. Corrosion was the reason this time and the current XP model is difficult to repair, he said.

“I want to make sure our student athletes have the best equipment we can give them and its time to replace (the scoreboard),” Nallanweg said, adding that CHS does host some high-profile swimming events.

Handbook, budget

In other business, the board approved a new handbook specifically for Duneland’s classified employees, or employees who are paid an hourly rate such as custodians, mechanics, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett said a copy of the handbook will be uploaded to the Duneland Schools website. It contains school policies and regulations from the federal and state governments.

The board also gave its permission to close out the 2016 budget and make necessary adjustments where necessary. Kwilasz said she will report any changes during the board’s January meeting.

The board will hold its reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12. Pruis wished everyone at the meeting “a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.”

In other comments, Pruis congratulated the CHS Music Department on its sold-out Madrigal dinners this past week and to WIS teacher Martha Hiestand for the praised she received in launching the six-word memoir in her classroom

Pruis also commended Bailly Elementary which raised $643.08 for Riley Children’s Hospital during its “Slap a Sticker” fundraiser this year.

Personnel Report

In other matters, the board approved the latest personnel report which included new hires and appointments.

In the Duneland Schools, Gwyn Cirak will work as a custodian, Stacey Mauke as a remediation aide at Jackson Elementary, Cassandra Dombkowski as a Title 1 aide at Bailly Elementary, Jennifer Jones as a kitchen helper and Sarah Pistorio and Elizabeth Sinclair as bus drivers.

For coaching positions at CHS, Bryan Nallenweg has been appointed as the head coach for Boys and Girls Track and Howard Lane will be the volunteer assistant coach. Adam Schulz will be the CHS assistant Boys Golf coach. John Houseman will be the coach for 9th Grade Boys Basketball and Jordan Lewis will be the assistant coach. Sarah Mundell will be the volunteer assistant Wrestling coach. Jim Socha and Elise Gustafson will be assistant coaches for Girls Track.

Resignations this month include bus driver John Robert Whitenack, Bailly Elementary Title 1 aide Kyla Bowen and Duneland attendance secretary Suzanne Lawson.


Posted 12/13/2016




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