WRV board approves of extending school hours

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The White River Valley School Board approved of extending school hours for the 2017-2018 school year during its regular board meeting Monday evening.

According to WRV Superintendent Bob Hacker, the decision was proposed at the programs committee to help adjust for the middle school reading blocks, as well as transporting eighth grade students to the high school for specials in industrial tech, agriculture, art and college and career readiness.

All schools will start at 8:05 a.m., with the elementary school and middle school ending at 3 p.m. and the high school ending at 3:10 p.m.

Under old business, the board approved of construction beginning in June on the athletic storage building which burned down last year. The new building will be 26 feet by 72 feet with three sliding doors. The building will be used to store athletic equipment, as well as the school mower. Insurance money will be used and will not exceed the $50,000 alloted. No money from the capital project fund will be used for construction.

The board heard a summary of the Stephen Campbell Alumni Banquet which occurred April 7. The board approved of the 2018 banquet to preliminarily be set for April 6. Nominations for alumni to be honored will be available until Dec. 1.

Under new business, the board heard a request from the class of 2018 for a senior trip to New York City. The board gave class representatives permission to move forward with planning out the trip, as well as fundraising events.

The board also approved of updating radio transmitters at both the elementary school and high school in order to maximize bandwidth at the elementary school. The update will cost just over $37,000 and be completed in June. According to Hacker, the original cost two years ago would have been $81,000.

The board approved to continue the flat roof warranty at the middle school for just over $3,000. Hacker added there will be discussion over replacing the roof at a later date when more funds will be available.

Hacker also said the board is looking for quotes for hay removal at the middle school. Hacker asked interested parties to list as price per bale and made to his office until May 5.

Discussion was held regarding the 2017-2018 board meeting scheduled. Board member Roger Shake asked for meetings to be moved to the third Thursday.

The board also heard first readings of student handbooks and teacher evaluation handbooks.

Hacker made a request to purchase a drone for the agriculture program at the high school. The drone system will cost $10,000, down from the original price of $14,000, and agricultural teacher Sam Zuckschwerdt has submitted a $25,000 grant. The board approved of the purchase.

The next board meeting will be held Monday, May 15 in WRV High School’s room 110 at 7 p.m.

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  • "The board approved to continue the flat roof warranty at the middle school for just over $3,000. Hacker added there will be discussion over replacing the roof at a later date when more funds will be available."

    Why would we have funds for a 36 year old roof. We've spent them on gym floors, radios, baseball backstops, lights, you know all the stuff more important than a 36 year old roof!!!

    Someday when the referendum is gone and more money is needed, you just may not get it because of past priorities.

    -- Posted by JohnPColeman on Tue, Apr 18, 2017, at 12:09 PM
  • Wow!! Maybe you should let the board do their job and you worry bout your farm! The board members are elected by the public so apparently they have the confidence in them to do the right thing!! Apparently there's enough money to do what's needed!

    -- Posted by Jeff Hall on Tue, Apr 18, 2017, at 3:45 PM
  • When a person pays property taxes they have every right to voice their opinion.

    -- Posted by localyokal2 on Tue, Apr 18, 2017, at 8:26 PM
  • I can watch the farm. Do you have a dog in this fight Jeff? JP has every right to voice an opinion due to helping pay for the referendum, as do I.

    -- Posted by scoop on Wed, Apr 19, 2017, at 6:46 AM
  • I would like to have had more information on the Agriculture classes being moved out to the old bus barn. But the newspaper seems to have missed reporting on that whole discussion.

    -- Posted by farming mom on Thu, Apr 20, 2017, at 7:40 PM
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