The Cherokee Board of Education, at the urging of Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom, Monday night approved a low bid of $200,000 with Jon Schwarz Electric of Omaha, Neb. for the installation of a new Musco lighting system for George Hicks Field at Cherokee Washington High School.
The Schwarz bid was $191,921 for the Musco lighting system, and an additional $8,000 for demolition of existing electrical service and installation of new electrical service for the project, totaling $199,921.
Grundman-Hicks LLC of Cherokee was the only other bidder at $223,600, plus $13,500 for the electrical work.
The DLR Group of Des Moines produced the architectural and engineering plans for the project that will begin next week, with the proposed completion date of August 20, in time for the Braves first home football game August 27.
Also at Chalstrom's urging, the Board approved an additional $12,000 (approximately 5-percent of project cost) for anticipated change orders during the project's completion, with Chalstrom predicting there would be some.
The project is to be funded from the District's PPEL Fund, which is anticipated by Chalstrom to carry a $135,000 balance at the close of this Fiscal Year (June 30), and be replenished by $267,000 in the next Fiscal Year. PPEL Funds result from a voter and Board approved tax levy.
In other action, the Board accepted resignations and approved contracts for several teaching and coaching changes for the 2010-2011 school year.
The Board accepted the resignation of WHS Art instructor and 7th grade football coach Nate Evans, who has accepted a job at Clear Lake; accepted the resignation of Julie Hummel as JV volleyball coach; accepted the resignation of Mike Nixon as freshman football coach; and accepted the resignation of Tara Gunderson as WHS Yearbook advisor.
The Board approved contracts for WHS graduate Kate Coghlan as a Special Education instructor at Cherokee Middle School; approved a contract for Jill Keleher as Special Education instructor at WHS; approved a contract for Hummel as varsity volleyball coach; and approved a contract for Nixon as assistant varsity football coach.
The Board also approved contracts for Nathan Leidahl and Harry Sizeland as half-time bus drivers.
After a closed session Monday night, the Board approved a 2-percent salary and benefits increase in ratifying the Master Working Agreement for the 2010-2011 school year with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 234. a 2-percent hike for the support staff, and a 2-percent hike for administrators.
Previously, the Board had approved a 2.1-percent salary and benefits increase for the Cherokee Teachers Association.
There will be no fees changes for the next school year, with the Board approving the fees schedule as is.
Book rental for grades K-12 remains $30, activity tickets are $35 for K-12 and are optional, adult activity passes are $48 for 12 events, band instruments for grades 5-12 is $25, shop glasses for grades 9-12 $4, and driver's education stays at $225 and $250 for out of District.
School lunch prices also remain unchanged, with a single meal $1.75 cash or with ticket, student breakfast $1.10, extra milk 35-cents, and adult meal $2.45.
Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Barb Radke advised the Board that the free summer lunch program at Roosevelt is well attended, averaging between 95-118 diners at all age levels. That program is Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through July 23.