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School Board Notes

School Board Notes 

The energy audit and the capital outlay projects were items for the USD 211 Norton board of education last night. Joe Hurla of 360 energy solutions presented the findings of the preliminary energy audit for the norton district.  he met last week with four of the board members to go over the specifics.  last night he talked about the ways the district could save energy and ways to improve the buildings.  they included changes in the lighting, field turf, boiler replacement, heating and cooling upgrades.  after his presentation the board approved going ahead with the investment grade audit.  craig renner voted no.  in that audit will be the design plans, budget for the project or projects and the ways to get them done within that budget.  hurla will also be able to help with financing.  the district can still walk away from the audit after it is done at a cost of just under 19 thousand dollars.   hurla will be back to meet with the board on the specific projects they would like done.  also last night, the board considered the composite of the capital outlay projects that were presented last month.  after discussion, the board approved the underground wiring for the scoreboard at travis field, replacing 25 to 30 exterior doors, replacing the phone system, track repair and maintenance as well as playground equipment for eisenhower.  the costs will be 125 to 150 thousand dollars for those projects  chris harting, craig renner and steve berry voted no the other four voting yes.  superintendent greg mann reported that the state fire marshall’s office found several areas that need to be worked on in the district, including smoke detectors in each of the hallways at the eisenhower and junior/senior high building.  estimates will be sought.  they cannot use an extension cord for the milk cooler at the junior high.  changes will have to be made to the chemistry lab.  smoke detectors in the junior high office connected to the fire alarm.  ANOTHER fire alarm pull station at the east campus.  also, mann reported that there will be some hours that will need to be made up.  he presented a plan if there are not more snow days, one more, two more and three more.  the board approved the plan.  to make up hours, the junior/senior high is short, but eisenhower is okay.  starting april 19th through the end of school, the junior senior high will add 10 minutes to each day starting school at 8:25 and ending at 3:35.  the board accepted the 750 dollars from pamida for the back to school promotion to be used for school supplies for eisenhower kids who cannot afford them.  the march board meeting will be moved to monday march 21st.  the board will hold a special meeting next thursday to meet with doctor clauset about the professional learning communities.  the extra band saw in the woodworking shop will be sold by sealed bid as surplus property.  the board approved the alternate classes to satisfy kansas revised graduation requirements, the same as last year.  counselor shane miller reported on the changes made in the kansas board of regents standards.  steve vance reported on his speech and forensics classes.  eisenhower principal corey roy presented plans for summer school.  they are planning on two weeks after school is out and then two weeks in august before school starts to help those kids identified as needing some extra help.  two teachers have already agreed.  the final details are still being worked on.  the board approved the academic calendar.  school will start august 22nd on a monday and end may 22nd.  it also includes four days that will have late starts due to teacher inservice.  the board accepted the resignation of jill lively as assistant volleyball coach.  they approved the contracts of corey roy, jeff wallingford, rudy perez , keith hauser and greg mann through the 2012-2013 school year with salary and benefits to be determined later.  they also approved the contract with danna kelly for the learning center for the 2011-2012 school year.  the next meeting of the usd 211 norton board of education will be monday march 21st at 7:30 in the board room of the unified office.  all meetings are open to the public.