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CWC Board of Education approves repair bids at April meeting

The Board approved the low bid for the roof replacement and parapet repairs at the Jefferson Attendance Center from D7 roofing from New Baden, Illinois at a cost of $58,150.

They also approved the only bid received on track surface replacement at the high school track from Bryne and Jones Construction for $83,800, as well as alternate bids of $9.500

For track surface edge and track repairs and $8,750 for pole vault runway surfacing.  Health Life Safety revenue will be used to pay for the project.

The Bulldog Boosters will construct a concession stand and restrooms on the west end of the high school football field/track complex.  The building will be between 900 to 1,200 square feet and funding will come from the Booster Club and private donations.

The Board members rejected a resolution on student safety and protection that would give local control to school boards to develop plans allowing board-approved administrators and staff who have successfully completed the appropriate training courses, passed multiple background checks and possess a conceal-carry permit to be an active and armed part of the plan.

In the Superintendent’s report, Brad Lee said the Carmi Chamber of Commerce has awarded $200 grants to six teachers in the district, which were selected by the Chamber’s Education Committee.  The grants are funded in part through proceeds from the chamber’s annual golf tournament which will be held on June 24th.

May 7th through the 13th is Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher’s Day in Tuesday, May 5th.

On April 5th, Carmi-White County High School Seniors participated in various community service projects.

With the Illinois General Assembly returning this week, superintendents from across the state are leading a grassroots initiative, called Pass Illinois Budget.  It calls on members of the General Assembly and the Governor to end the budget impasse, fix the funding formula and invest in students throughout the state and pay school districts what they are owed this year.  Unit Five is currently owed $851,000 for the school year.

The District did receive its two state aid payments last month totaling $398,211.

They plan to have an amended budget by the May 15th board meeting.

Lee also sent out his thoughts and good wishes to Board member Keith Hoskins, who is hospitalized currently, but his condition is improving.

In other business, the board approved final action on revisions to 14 board policies and final action on adoption of two other policies.

They approved the retirement of Shirley Peacock as building secretary at Brownsville School effective at the end of this school year, a request of a leave of absence to Ryse Brinkley for the 2017-18 school year and the resignation of Hannah Gowdy as Carmi-White County Junior High cheerleading sponsor at the end of this school year.

Also approved was a total of $5,601 in donations to the Brownsville School.

There will be a special Board meeting held at 7 pm on Monday, May 1st, to review election results, seat new members, elect officers, establish a regular meeting date and place and adopt  the policies of the previous Board.

The Board went into closed session at 7:48 p.m.

During the closed session, the Board employed Hannah Roe as the high school Vocational education teacher, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Terry Austin, and reassigned Megan King as an elementary teacher at Washington Attendance Center.  Trey Mason was employed as the high school boys and girls golf coach.