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High school bathrooms, kitchen floor top list of future projects

Members of the Ellsworth School Board discussed upcoming maintenance projects at the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, which includes the previously-discussed renovations to the high school's kitchen floors and old restrooms that were built in the 1960's.

Doug Peterson, the board's president and chair of the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee, informed the board that he and Superintendent Barry Cain walked through the four original high school restrooms with representatives of Kraus-Anderson Construction.

"We kind of came up with a game plan for Kraus-Anderson to put some pricing together to do the renovation with those restrooms," Peterson said. "It's something we've talked about for almost two years, if not longer."

Peterson hopes the board will receive pricing estimates in the upcoming weeks so the numbers can be presented at the board's March meeting.

As for the high school's kitchen floor, Peterson said it has probably exceeded its usable life. Kraus-Anderson is expected to have cost estimates for the floor before the upcoming March meeting, too.

"These are pretty complex projects," Cain said. "If we decide to do these projects with our budget ability, we're going to have to get things rolling so that they can get things rolling right away. They're big projects."

"It's one of those things where at first we didn't know how bad they were," Peterson said of the school's restrooms, "but the more you dig and the more you look, it's just one of those things that keeps mushrooming."

The above-mentioned projects top the list of 14 maintenance projects that are currently under study for the 2018-19 school year.

Cain gave an update on current maintenance projects underway in the school district, which include updates to the bus garage, phy ed/athletic facilities, sidewalks and parking lots, etc. So far, the district has spent $803,071.22 on all of its maintenance projects for the 2017-18 school year.

"We've got pretty much everything done that we listed we would be doing except the bathrooms in the high school," Cain said.

Cain expects maintenance on the bathrooms could begin as early as summer of 2018.

New business action

Members of the Ellsworth Community School District will be given a chance to ask all of their questions about the upcoming April 2018 referendum on Thursday, March 15 at the school board's public information meeting.

At the informational meeting, Cain will provide a 10-15 minute presentation explaining the referendum, then the board will answer questions from community members. The referendum meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

The board approved the following actions:

• Jan. 8, 2018 school board meeting minutes (old business action)

• January 19, 2018 special school board meeting minutes (old business action)

• January 2018 financial report (old business meeting)

• School district audit (new business action)

• The hirings of Lydia Wagner (middle school long-term sub, special education teacher), Adriana Bloom (middle school counselor long-term sub), Kayla Matter (high school JV softball coach) and Rebecca Hartung (middle school assistant track and field coach).

• The transfer of Lisa Toenjes from Ellsworth Elementary School

dishwasher/server/cashier long-term sub to

Ellsworth Elementary School dishwasher/server/

cashier new hire.