The Board of Education got good news at their meeting Wednesday, April 12. The bids for the high school gym HVAC project came in much lower than estimated.

The Board of Education got good news at their meeting Wednesday, April 12. The bids for the high school gym HVAC project came in much lower than estimated. Last month the board approved selling bonds to cover the expected $430,000 cost of the project. At Wednesday’s meeting, Superintendent John Cselovszki received the board’s acceptance of the low bid, at $257,400, from Kranz Construction. The work will be done this summer.

Principal Shane Laffen reported the Standards Based Grading committee is refining an eligibility policy based on behaviors such as turning in homework and paying attention, rather than grades, which will not be assigned until the end of each semester.

Cselovszki reported that the three local elementary schools are working together on a May 11 Bike/Walk to School Day, an opening activity to complement the Safe Routes to School program for which a grant application was made.

Members of the senior class gave the board a report on their class trip to Orlando and thanked them for the opportunity to make special memories. A junior class representative provided information to the board on plans for a similar trip for their class next spring.

Board action items:

•Approve FMLA request by Casey Braulick.

•Hire Lauren Buckentine as math instructor for 2017-18 school year at $36,288.

•Approve 2018 senior trip.

•Hire Katie Borneke as speech and language instructor for 2017-18 school year at $41,630.

•Approve 40 days of summer ag program for Mary Hoffmann at $11,147.

•Approve 40 days of summer ag program for Nathan McMullen at $7,582.

•Approve Brandon Streich as JV baseball coach for 2016-17 school year at $1,741 (JH rate.)

•Approve Eide Bailly as auditor on record to conduct FY’16 audit.

The meeting went into a closed session to discuss negotiation strategy.

The next meeting is May 10 at 5:30 p.m.