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Facilities, process and Common Core topics at Ellsworth School Board forum

Favoring maintenance to district facilities, doubting board process and suspecting Common Core standards were all topics for an Ellsworth School Board public forum early last week.

Bob Wittenberg spoke on deferred maintenance. The ad hoc facilities committee member described a tour of the facilities as invaluable and wished everyone could take such a tour. He found the needs “shocking,” noting the committee had tried to address them.

Crowded conditions, safety concerns and hazards put district students in line for difficulties, Wittenberg said. At a recent ad hoc facilities committee meeting, a list of proposals from the board’s buildings and grounds committee was reviewed, raising a lot of problems. He encouraged board members to examine these.

He noticed interior lighting issues, very inefficient heating and windows with single-pane glass from 1964, which are very costly, he said. Plumbing featuring old galvanized piping, roofs and flooring with underlayment need to be addressed. As for the Klaas-Jonas Community Swimming Pool, his friends think highly of it and it’s important to the community’s youths, but he understands its dome is 10 years past life expectancy and is costing money.

For more please read the July 23 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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