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District News Update July 10, 2013

July 09, 2013

Summer time means many things, including warm weather and facility projects. While the students and most of the staff are gone for the summer, many maintenance projects are in full swing in District 145. Hamlow Elementary is the site of the largest project, as work continues to convert the heating and cooling system to geothermal. 

Approximately 100 wells have been drilled thus far, each at a depth of 250 ft., with more wells left to drill. In the past few weeks, the "old" roof top heating and cooling units have been removed, and replaced with enclosures on the roof that contain mechanical units to support the geothermal system. Work inside the school is progressing rapidly, with electrical, plumbing, and ductwork being completed. 

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The timeline is tight, but we will have the building ready in another month. The essential items are on track to be completed to allow us to start school as scheduled, although there will be additional work to complete after school is in session.  

We have many repairs occurring in parking lots (specifically Waverly High School) where wear and tear causes the need to fill large "holes" in the asphalt surface. Concrete work is occurring, as the drought from last summer took a toll on many sidewalks at our buildings. Annual, regular maintenance for bleachers at WMS and WHS has been completed, and gym floors will be refinished this month. Classrooms and buildings are being cleaned, painting is occurring, and our staff is working hard to prepare our buildings for another school year, which starts in just over one month!

District Strategic Planning Meeting and Facility Study

The Board of Education for District 145 – Waverly Public Schools hosted a meeting on June 26 to share our progress regarding the School Community Essential Planning process, which includes a study of our district facilities. Click here to view more information.

July 2013 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on July 1 at the District Office. During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Carleen Dowding, Transportation Director, shared information regarding the past year. Mr. Stine, Waverly High School Activities Director, presented a year in review of our activity programs. He also discussed changes that were piloted last spring, and are planned to be implemented this fall regarding academic eligibility for activity participation. 

Superintendent report:

1. Board members were invited to attend lunch on August 9 for the new teacher "orientation," and August 12 all-staff breakfast. The Foundation for Education will provide the meal.

Committee reports were given from the Building/Grounds/Transportation, and Policy. Board member Cheryl Landon reported on the Foundation for Education June meeting.  

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51db295723bf4Well drilling rigs at Hamlow Elementary
Well drilling rigs at Hamlow Elementary

The Board took action to:

1. Approve an inter-local agreement for the LIFE program with Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools establishing the student tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year at $8,000.The alternative education program in Waverly has been accepting students from Ashland-Greenwood since the program’s inception in 2004.

2. Approve the second reading of Policies 9240 and 9350; to reaffirm Policy 5033 Student Fees, to reaffirm Policy 1235 Parental Involvement.

3. Set 2013-14 district facility rental/use rates (no change in rates).

4. Set the 2013-14 tuition rate for non-resident students.

5. Set the 2013-14 cross-town transportation fee at $85.00 per individual and $110.00 per family annually, payable at the School District Office. Rates increased $10; first rate increase in past ten years.

6. Set the 2013-14 breakfast/hot lunch prices. A ten cent increase in breakfast prices and a fifteen cent increase in lunch prices is due to changes in federal regulations and increasing food costs. 

7. Authorized the Superintendent to take action to implement a plan to meet the federal mandated health care act for district employees.

8. Approve extra-duty assignments for 2013-14.

9. Approve compensation for classified staff and administrators.

The Board discussed:

A. Strategic Planning Process

The August 5 Board of Education meeting will be held at the district office.

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