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e "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 WCOTA 12/31/lS-c SHELTON WA 98584-2263 j0 By Mike Lakin Recognition of the Public Barb Maske addressed the school board on accomplish- ments of an amazing group of young adults For the last 13 years, I have coached the MPGS Speech and Drama Team and spon- sored MPGS Student Coun- cil. Tonight, I want to share what these groups do. Speech and Drama is an IESA activity and lasts approximately 9 weeks. Inter- ested students look through scripts and choose according to number of participants and content. The students memorize the scripts then work with me to refine the dramatic flair. Much of the practice time is during study hall, after school, during my planning period, or on their own time. The selection is performed before a judge without the assistance of props or costumes. This year 24 students are on the team. We participated in the County Contest in Lincoln in October, which was great leaming experience for the students. On Saturday, we attended the State competi- tion in Chatham and came home with 6 firsts, 4 sec- onds, and 2 thirds. 7th grad- ers Emma Buenrostro and Aletheia Woodford were selected as Judges' Choice for their performance in a duet. Student Council is open to students in grades 6-8 and is year round beginning the Monday after Labor Day. Students who are interested in Student Council must write an essay and complete a simple application. Num- bers range from 20-30 stu- dents. These students spon- sor3 dances, which are our only fundralser. The money collected is put back into the school in one form or another. The large welcome mat in the entryway and the blue MPGS sign above the 217-303-6159 front doors were purchased with the help of Student Council. Last year we cleaned up the north yard area by painting the picnic tables and pavilion poles and removing the leaves and dirt collected over the years. As soon as the drainage issue is taken care of in front of the school, the stu- dents want to add nice land- scaping. We also work with PASE at COVH, read to the lower grades approximately 6 times a year, provide an Easter Egg Hunt for grades K-5, and sponsor a walk or bowl-a-thon for diabetes. The money collected by the students helps send children to Camp Granada at Allerton Park. Last year we raised over $1800, which sent 3 children to this diabetes camp. We have an amazing group of young adults in our junior high, and I felt they should be recognized. Thank you! Barb was thanked for her presentation Scoreboard Project Three quotes were obtained to replace the high school large and small scoreboards. The highest of the three quotes was for a scoreboard too large for. the location and the lowest quote was up for a scoreboard of the same model the district has. It was suggested that the mid-quote be considered. This quote was from Nevco. This com- pany has a timeframe instal- lation of one month from the time of the order. The funds for the replacement of the scoreboard are, at this time, $6700. Funds are from the Bill Rucks Memorial with ,additional contributions from the Booster Club. It was suggested that the district replace the high school score- board at the end of the high school basketball season. Grade School _ Window Project Graham & Hyde Architects presented options on the replacement of windows at the grade school. This proj- ect is partially funded by a $50,000 state maintenance grant. The idea is to replace the windows in a March - April time frame. One thing that will have to be done is an abatement of asbestos caulk that was used around the windows on the outside, The caulk abatement would cost $10,000. The proposed replacement windows are .Low - E glass. Two types of glass were pre- sented to the board - a reflec- tive glass that has a mirrored appearance when seen from the outside and the other a dark glass. Graham & Hyde recommended using Gar- dener glass of Taylorville and keeping the project under $50,000 to avoid bidding ,'it out. Windows would be replaced in three phases It would also include replacing the glass blocks with win- dows for energy efficiency. There will also be an emer- gency exit window for class- rooms. The replacement phases for the grade school windows hxve a total cost of $129,630. It would be a three- phase project - phase 1 cost- ing $36,590, phase 2 costing $38,740, and phase 3 costing $36,300. There would be an additional $5600 for possible contingencies. For removal of the asbestos caulk there would be an air sampling cost of $1200. The board approved the replacement of windows at the grade school and the board is leaning toward the reflective glass windows. Graham & Hyde cautioned that the second choice - dark glass - tends to make class- rooms darker. Project Architect The board is moving for- ward with considerations of what to do with the 1912 - 1925 structures of the high school. The considerations range from renovating to razing and replacing the 1912 - 1925 structures. To determine what can be done - and the cost - the board first asked area archi- tectural firms to submit ~b resumes. Three firms made presentations and the board discussion was narrowed to the current architectural firm Graham & Hyde and BLDD Architects. Charlie Hickey was more confident in remaining with the district's current firm - Graham & Hyde. Jeff Beccue spoke favorably of BLDD Architects. John Stewart commented about a "coincidence of time frame" and was in favor of Graham & Hyde. Joe Olson commented he did not see the "coincidence of time frame" and was in favor of BLDD. Ashley Combs had reser- vations and was in favor of Graham & Hyde. Deanne Mott liked aspects of presentations made by both firms but over-all favored Graham & Hyde. John Stuart and Charlie Hickey made the motion to approve Graham & Hyde Architects as the firm to go forward in reference to what is to be done with the 1912-1925 high school build- ing. The board approved the motion - with Joe Olson and Jeff Beccue voting no. In reference to the 1912- 1925 high school structures, John Stewart said that there could be a better utilization of space at the high school. He added that routine work needed to be done and con- tinued maintenance was called for. BLDD Response Asked if he would like to respond to the board deci- sion concerning the deter- mination of a project archi- tect for the high school, former school board member Todd Cyrulik sub- mitted the following... Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year "Damien (Schlitt) and I were extremely disap- pointed, given BLDD's expertise and my per- sonal investment in the community. We feel that nobody could guard and advance the school dis- trict and community's interests more effectively than we could have. We would have loved to have been part of the effort that brought the kind of school improvement that we have become accustomed to seeing in our neighboring districts. We take pride in having helped them imag- ine their future, and chart- ing a course that helps them secure their commu- nity's educational future." Todd Cyrulik In Other Business - do it will be presented to the board. Board approvedJ'ne Kanady as the 2015 2016 junior high cheerleading coach. Board approved Wen@ Hankins as the high school custodian. Principal Morgan said that she's a very polite rand respectful individual and he's pleased with her work. Charlie Hickey said that with the recent frequent turnover of custodians, he suggested the board look at pay incentives to help retain cqstodians. John Stewart said that he would like the board to 10ok at requiring and pro- viding uniform, s for custodian in the district; as had been done in the past. Blood drive at the high school resulted in 29 pints of blood being donated. Hartsburg Emden softball PASE is interested in,,.~co-op has growing interest renovating the grade school amongst softball players. library. Once they finalize a Cont'd on Page 11 ~" plan for what they want to If the above mailing label is dated DUE 12-31-15 Your Times is running out... you can renew your subscription for $3 5 for one year. you can renew your first class subscription for $45 for one year. you can renew your digital edition subscription for $20 for one year. Mail To Mt. Pulaski Times P O Box 114 Mt Pulaski IL 62548 December 10, 2015