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Coaches to be Honored Purchase of Security Doors Approved iPad Project By Mike Lakin Coaches to be Honored - The school board formally announced that the grade school and high school gymnasiums would be named in honor of former coaches. At the high school, the gym will be named the Ed Butkovich gymnasium. At the grade school, the gym will be named the Robert Gasaway gymnasium. The date for the cer- emonies will be announced. PUrchase of Security Doors Approved - The school board has applied for a grant of $8,000 to help pay for the $16,000 total cost of new main entry security doors and side door glass at the grade school. The board approved a contract for $38,900 to replace the exterior pod doors at the grade school to meet security require- ments. This amount is being paid for from the 1% sales tax. iPad Project - Instead of paying Apple Corporation $80 per student "for a type of insurance on the iPads; the school board ap- proved the purchase of iPad cases. The cas- es are referred to as being military grade, resistant to damage, and very protective of the iPads. The protective cases are expected to last 4 to 5 years. The board approved the purchase for a total cost of $16,500 for all of the district iPads. John Stewart voted no. In re the insurance, the district's existing insurance policy covers the iPads. John Stewart asked for a dollar total of what has been spent so far on the iPad proj- ect. Superintendent Todd Hamm said he would gather everything together and pro- vide John with copies. John then asked what was to be done with the old textbooks, whether the dis- trict would get rid of them. Superintendent Hamm said the district Would retain the textbooks as resource materials. YOUR CHOICE 12-Pk. Big Roll Quilted Bath Tissue or 6-Rotl Paper Towels W 180 672, 671 Wii spoes in. 10099 LED Flashlight with Zoom E 180 90015 White supp{ies iast. 17"" 27-1n., 3-Speed Oscillating Tower Fan W 137 382 ! While sul3lies last. Johnson True Value Hardware & Gardens 423 S. Washington St. Mt. Pulaski 792 5911 Mon..Fri. 7:3OAm-6Prn Sat. 7:30Am - 5Pm Sun. lOAm - 3Pm 29" 3-Step Aluminum Step Wool P 113 203 F2 W,i supp)ies asL mmEmA 7ua'Vaeue. Sale ends 07t31/14 4 In Other district business - School calendar for the next term was approved. The naming of the person to fill a custo- dial position was held until notification of the present employer. The budget hearing was held at 7 PM; the amended budget was referred to as "normal stuff". The annual budget for 2014 was approved. Rachel Grunder was hired as the Spanish teacher at the high school. Ruth Parhouse was hired as the special education teacher at the high school, Daniel Miller was hired as a special-education aide. (Editor is 30% sure of spelling of the names. Oil the vote to approve the consent agen- da that includes the main 19 th minutes and the approval of payment of bills, board member John Stewart voted no. All other board members voted yes. The communication repeater for school buses was moved from the former location at the FS station to the top of City Hall. It was noted that any alternative would in- volve instructing a 100-foot tower at the bus barn. The new concussion law will require an online certification by all district coaches and assistants. In a related matter, high school students will be certified in CPR and defibrillator use. A lunch audit report involving the pa- rameters of food content standards were characterized as being complex. One board member commented, how do you measure waste of what's not eaten? Ag-Teaeher Ralph Allen was nominat- " "" ed for the Illinois Association vocational agriculture teacher of excellence award. It was announced that Mr. Allen had been named the Section 14 Winner. , There was a question about what hap- ,,-" pened to the old wrestling mats at the high school. It was said that they had been to loaned to Riverton. Thought was that per- o lit haps Riverton should return them or pay for them. In the area of Special Ed, testing for dys- lexia will start with children at the age of three years. Superintendent Todd Hamm said that he was not impressed with this newest mandate and questioned the effec- tiveness of such testing at such an early age. He noted that they would be required to test for dyslexia on children who were not effectively reading yet. Todd Cyrulik reported that there had been a five-hour staff meeting concerning classroom needs. He said there would be a tour of some buildings at a later date. It was stated that the school district would be looking at options for the future. These options would allow for the district to move forward. The options involve a fu- ture discussion with first Mid-State Bond Company concerning financing. The next school board meeting will be 7 PM Tuesday, July 15 at in the administra- tion office at Mount Pulaski Grade School. City Council hears proposal on perpetual care of water tower By Mike Lakin Darren Clark of the Utility Service Group, Utility Service Company Incorpo- rated presented a proposal to the city Coun- cil for the perpetual care of the city water tower. Mr, Clarke told the council that the com- pany he works for has 66 customers in Il- linois that are currently having their water towers totally taking care of under this perpetual care option. He said that what his company does is specialize in water tow- ers - tanks. The company is home office in Perry, Georgia. Mr. Clarke presented several advantages to having his company provide the water tower service to Mount Pulaski. During his presentation he discussed his March 11 inspection of the water tower and pointed out several things that needed to be taken care of, one of which is the communication tower that is located on the water tower. He noted the tower blocks an access hatch on the tower. While this figure is not the actual figure that the city could pay, the pesentation by Mr. Clark talked about the service costing $400,000 to $800.000 over 10 years. The Council took no action on the pre- sentation; Mayor Fuhrer saying that the Council will be discussing this this summer. In a related matter Bill Thomas of the Lo- gan County Economic Development Board said that he had looked into grant funding in relation to water towers. He said that what the city is looking at is classified as routine maintenance, and there was no grant fund- ing available. In a search of information concerning Utility Service Company Incorporated of Perry, Georgia your editor did not find any complaints concerning the business. Bet- ter Business Bureau gives it an A+ rating. Several contracts in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois were found by your editor concern- ing water tower maintenance with the com- pany. The cost of these contracts averaged $250,000 over a ten-year period. 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