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Gym repairs, bus purchase approved
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TRINITY – Repairs to the Trinity High School gymnasium as well as the purchase of a new school bus were among the items okayed Monday night by the Trinity School Board. Meeting with Athletic Director Chuck Langston, the board approved the sanding , revarnishing and repainting of the gym’s floor at a cost of $14,500. They also agreed to spend an additional $1,000 to have a Tiger head painted at center court. Langston said that while the floor has been revarnished over the years, this would be the first time that it will be sanded since the school was built in 1989. “The varnish has been put on in layers and is now starting to peel up, exposing the wood,” Langston reported. In addition, the board gave approval to purchasing new wall pads to be placed at each end of the basketball court to cushion the impact of players. Cost of the pads will be $2,800. The board also approved Langston’s request to refurbish the partition panels on the gym stage at a cost of $6,000. Another item on Langston’s request for gym work is the replacement of the bleachers. However, due to the cost, an estimated $40,000, the board said they would need to call for formal bids. During the meeting, the board also approved the purchase of a new school bus for delivery in September. Purchased through the state buy board, the estimated cost for the bus is $98,000. Also approved for purchase by the board was a new wireless network link connecting the middle/high school campuses to the rest of the school system. Technology Director Brian Furbee said each campus has an independent Internet connection but the district-wide wireless system is used for emails and internal communication between the campuses. “When the existing network connection was purchased in July 2001, it cost $100,000 and was expected to last for five years,” he said. “We’ve already exceeded that expectation by almost five years.” The new wireless connection will be much cheaper than the first and was approved for purchase at a cost of $9,966. During his presentation, Furbee also recommended that a proposed purchase of multimedia projection systems be tabled. He explained he had wanted to install permanent systems at both the high school cafeteria and the Trinity Intermediate School auditorium but the price greatly exceeded the money had had budgeted. While he had $12,000 available for the systems, the bids he had received were $18,000 each or a total of $36,000. Book committee recommended During the public forum portion of the program, a parent came forward to suggest a volunteer committee be established to review library books before they are placed on the school shelves. She explained she was shocked when she looked at a book her 13-year-old daughter had checked out of a school library. “It was sexually explicit and I found the ‘F’ word on every other page,” she said. She brought it to the attention of the school librarian and while that book was removed, she was concerned there were others of similar content. “The librarian doesn’t have time to sit down and read every book before it goes on the shelf but I do have a solution. I feel certain that a volunteer group of parents could review the books before they get into the hands of the students,” she said. Because the item was not on the board’s agenda, they could take no action on the request. Other action During the meeting, the board also: • Gave final approve to the Student Code of Conduct. The new code was modified to conform to changes in state law. The board also addressed summer school and graduation issues for students assigned to the District Alternative Education Program (DAEP). • Voted to renew the district’s athletic insurance policy at a cost of $21,507 for the coming school year. • Received a technology report from Furbee indicating there has been a significant number of school laptop computers damaged at the Trinity Middle School. Furbee said 94 TMS computers had to be sent to the manufacturer for repairs as opposed to 10 from the high school and 20 from the intermediate school. • Awarded bids on the purchase of milk and juice as well as groceries for the coming school year. • Accepted letters of resignation from Elementary School Principal Stacy Collard, elementary teacher Lindi Grall and intermediate school teacher Melissa Mugno. • Accepted a letter of retirement from teacher/coach Robert Haskell. • Offered contracts to Christi Burden (100 days) as a reading teacher; Christy Linsley (100 days) as a math specialist; Joe McCammon as a special education teacher; Margaret Lester as a diagnostician; Alan Feinsilber as an intermediate school teacher; and Scott Pesl, an existing teacher whose contract was extended to 12 months.