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Prescott School Board reorganizes for year

PRESCOTT--The Prescott School Board reorganized for the year late last month.

Mark Helmer was re-elected board chair at the board's meeting April 27, while Tom Magnan was re-elected as vice chair, Lisa Johnson as clerk and Dan Smaida as treasurer.

The board approved the First National Bank of River Falls-Prescott and the Wisconsin State Investment Pool as school depositories. The Prescott Journal was designated as official district newspaper.

Board Member Mike Matzek was appointed representative to the Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA)-11 annual convention.

In other business:

The board heard about needs in the high school gym. The floor tiles are coming loose and it was recently discovered they contain asbestos. Consequently, there would need to be an abatement, meaning removing the bleachers first, putting in new tiles, then servicing the bleachers and replacing some cracked bleacher boards. It was recommended this would be an appropriate time to make all or part of the bleachers handicapped accessible, with areas for wheelchairs, steps and rails.

Contract renewals for all current head coaches in the fall and winter sports seasons were approved, as was a one-year medical leave of absence for Sue Haasis.

The purchases of a 30-unit mobile computer cart for the high school and a used 2010 Chevrolet Impala from Cernohous Chevrolet in Prescott were approved. The low bid from Larson Allen to perform the 2011, 2012 and 2013 audits was accepted.

First readings of policies on network and internet acceptable use, early admission to 4/5-year-old kindergarten and first grade admission were held.

Board members decided to table final approval of the 2011-12 school calendar until the Wednesday, May 18, regular board meeting. They also scheduled a special board meeting for Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. in the high school library to review and digest committee reports and action plans.