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May 26, 2019

4/25/2019 9:48:00 AM
Construction concerns discussed by board

Derek Schmitz addressed the Barneveld school board Wednesday with his concerns about the construction that will result in an updated school.
Schmitz, who owns a flooring business, told the board he has been on site and feels some of the results are not acceptable. Specifically he mentioned a three inch difference in some of the walls, dents in the siding, walls not fitting properly and a ramp near the gym being "off."
"I wouldn't accept it," Schmitz said. "We should want it done right. It is our money here."
There was also concern on why with such little time left in the school year why classes are being moved to other rooms. The answer was because there will be some demolition going on with the other side of the school.
Tadd Owens, who has been attending weekly meetings with the contractor, said time will be taken with the project because no one wants anything cobbled together.
Tami Bowser, president of the school board, assured Schmitz that the board wants the project done right. She added some of the problems the contractors are encountering are fitting the old building with the new construction.
Spanish teacher Irma Cuevas had the students who went on the trip to Costa Rica over spring break present to the board with a slide presentation and discussion. Comments from the students and the chaperones included:
"Best coffee ever."
"Ate a lot of rice and black beans."
"We visited a family at their home, made our own tortillas and had a real Costa Rica lunch."
"Never felt unsafe."
"It was an amazing experience."
The students thanked the board for allowing and supporting the trip.
The board heard a presentation about the classes for early college credit program. It was noted that if a student does not pass a course they are required to reimburse the school for the cost. Online courses were discussed as well as classes students desire to take that the district does not presently offer.
The board approved the early college credit program.
The board approved a change is pay for substitute teachers. The board authorized paying the same for part of a day as is paid for full days as the substitute actually has to give up a full day to perform the duties.
Course offerings were discussed with new availabilities offered in training and experience in the trades.
District Administrator Brett Stousland reported that new furniture needed with the construction is expected to be delivered May 1.
He also told the board the boilers went down and will not be fixed. Instead they will be replaced with the new construction. He added fans and space heaters will be used in the interim.
Stousland also presented the board with a budget sheet that compares last year to this year under the same time frame.
During the meeting the oath of office was performed for new member Peter Shatrawka and returning board members Tadd Owens and Amy Hugill. Shatrawka was elected earlier this year and will be seated next meeting.
Retiring board member Randy Oimoen was saluted for his past service.
As a member of the audience Shatrawka asked that co-op sports be placed on the school calendar and hopefully conflicts with those events can be avoided with the fine arts program.
Duane Draper who teaches theater in the district said the co-op dates were not available when the fine arts dates were selected.
The district has a new web page and google calendar will eventually be used which should help with scheduling.
A request was also made to go back to a one page school lunch menu.
The board was also made aware of three retirements:
Mary Roenneburg, Librarian
Renee Vieau, M.S.
Kathy Brumley, Special Education

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