RACINE — The Southern Local Board of Education heard an update on the playground project , as well as approving several agenda items during its recent meeting the Kathryn Hart Community Center.
Heather Dailey-Johnson updated the board on the status of the playground project for the school.
The project was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Kaboom, which in addition to fundraising and donations from businesses and individuals allowed for the equipment to be ordered.
The grant received is a Community Build Grant, meaning that the project will need volunteers who will work with a project supervisor to complete the installation.
The tentative date for installation is Aug. 18 and 19.
Donations for the playground project were accepted as follows: $5,000 from Home National Bank and $1,000 from Farmers Bank.
The purchase of additional playground mulch was approved from BSD Worldwide Mulch Direct to complete the playgrounds.
The elementary, high school and athletic handbooks were approved as presented.
The purchase of signage for the fitness center/community center from Jason Shain was approved.
In personnel matters, Spencer Morgan was hired on a one-year contract as a physical education/health teacher.
Zachary Kress was hired on a one-year contract as a middle school science teachers.
Vicki Faulkner was hired on a one-year contract as an intervention specialist.
Ed Baker was approved on a continuing contract as the district’s technology coordinator.
Renea VanMeter was hired as a one-on-one aide for a student at Carleton School.
Mike Ramthun was approved on a supplemental contract as an assistant baseball coach for the 2017 season. The hiring was delayed due to the completion of administrative requirements.
Ron Rice was approved as a substitute bus driver for the 2017-18 school year.
Supplemental positions approved for the 2017-18 school year were as follows: Brynn Harris, 7th grade volleyball; Bobbi Harris, 8th grade volleyball; Daniel Buckley, junior high football.
An estimated cost of $220,813.94 was approved for services through the Athens Meigs ESC for fiscal year 2018.
Bus routes were approved as submitted by transportation director Kathy Miller.
A one-year maintenance agreement was approved with Poynter’s Best Products for the copiers in an amount of $6,921.80.
The annual license for Public School Works (WORKS International) for staff training, non-training compliance, accident management, MSDS and other safety programs in the amount of $2,500.
A payment in the amount of $1,205 was approved to American Fidelity Admin Services for ACA employer reporting annual fee and compliance tracking tool.
Revised appropriations for fiscal year 2018 were approved in the amount of $11,312,515.86.
The board approved the renewal of STAR and Accelerated Reader with Renaissance Learning in the amount of $4,262.
A software license agreement and payment in the amount of $745 was approved to Edge Document Solutions LLC for the Ultimate Edge license and additional workstation.
A fuel bid was approved at a rate of $2.03 from Burlile. The company was the lowest, responsible bidder.
Minutes of the previous meeting, bills, financial statement, bank reconciliation statements and checks were approved as submitted.
The next meeting of the Southern Local Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Kathryn Hart Community Center.