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Tractor purchase okayed by Ellsworth School Board, summer jobs underway

Maintenance was a theme for several items presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

The board approved the purchase of a New Holland tractor with 100-inch rotary broom and 11-foot finish mower from Value Implement of Ellsworth in the amount of $44,400. Superintendent Barry Cain said the district has a need for a second zero-turn mower, as mowing approximately 30 acres with the single existing machine has become difficult. The new one will be suitable for use all year and have unlimited attachments.

School officials considered leasing, but felt purchase with a warranty would be more advantageous, Cain said. Although the plan originally called for financing the purchase, Board Member Dan Kaler successfully argued for tapping the district's fund balance to cover the cost instead of paying interest.

The superintendent reported summer maintenance projects are underway, including painting, roofing and floor renovations, such as stripping and resurfacing the old gym floor at the high school, plus an air conditioning upgrade at Prairie View Elementary School. He also updated the Safe Walkway program, expected to be implemented next month and involve a 4-5-week process. The walkway improvements will be especially evident on the west side of school property in the village; he credited Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services and Cedar Corporation for their support.

Read more in the print version of the Herald June 15.

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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