The Cherokee School Board, meeting in special session on June 30, approved a bid of $49,922 for playground equipment, which includes installation.
The playground will be installed at the Early Childhood Learning Center, located in the Webster building. An $11,000 surfacing project in preparation for the equipment was paid for through a DNR grant.
There was only one bidder for the playground equipment, Grounds For Play, a Chicago based company, but Superintendent John Chalstrom is pleased with the bid. "This is a good bid. We had been anticipating a $70,000 project, including the surfacing and equipment," Chalstrom said.
Part of the reason the school board needed to meet in special session was the deadline to act on the bid before prices increased.
Chalstrom said he needed to contact the company on Monday to avoid the July 1 price hike.
The board approved an increase in the cost of a student activity ticket from $30 to $35 per year. The cost of activities exceeds revenues every year, requiring a transfer from the general fund to the activity fund. Chalstrom said that the district will need to find more ways to both cut expenses and get additional revenue for the activity fund.
Another transfer of funds occurred from the general fund to the food service fund, although Chalstrom was pleased that the transfer only needed to e $4,775. He said that the district was headed for a $20,000 food service deficit for the year until the food service director implemented cost cutting measures in the second semester.
At a previous meeting, the board had approved an increase in the cost of lunch for students and adults.
Larry Hunecke, high school principal, suggested that the district avoid purchasing an excess quantity of locks for the lockers. Although the locks can be checked out at the office free of charge, few students use them.
Hunecke said he would prefer that students use them all the time to avoid theft.
One reason that the students do not use them is lack of time to get from class to class. One scheduling change the high school has made is to return to a four-minute break between classes. A few years back the four-minute break had been reduced to three minutes to provide more academic time.