School buys vans, acts on CYSBA field

Friday, September 20, 2019

In Cherokee School Board action Monday night, the Board approved the purchase of two used 2019 Ford Transit 12-passenger vans for the District fleet, priced at $30,695 each.

District Transportation Director Mike Wiederholt informed the Board that after researching the vehicles with area dealers, Swain’s Motor Company of Cherokee was the one able to locate the two vehicles from an airport fleet. Wiederholt said such vans are a hot commodity and recommended the District not delay in purchasing them. The school’s 2004 Suburban with high mileage will be sold.

The Board also heard a report from Beck Engineering Inc. of Cherokee and Spirit Lake regarding the proposed CYSBA new ball field north of the tennis courts and existing CYSBA fields.

The Board tentatively approved the first phase involving dirt work and grading the site, pending a legal interpretation allowing the project to be included as a change order applied to the current PK-4 school construction project.

That first phase will cost an estimated $168,000 and plans are for it to be done yet this fall. CYSBA will continue meeting with BEI and school officials regarding the project.

CYSBA volunteers plan to do much of the work involving developing the new ball field, including salvaging the infield soil, fencing, lighting, etc. from the old field lost to the PK-4 construction. CYSBA is seeking volunteers to step up and help them bring this energetic project to fruition.

In further action, Superintendent Kim Lingenfelter showed the Board the final six “branding” logos for the Cherokee Braves, including the traditional, noble Braves head symbol. The Board signed off on them and they will be used by the District on all correspondence and signage going forward.

The Board also approved extending contracts for four District positions, including Korrie Coombs as WHS Student Council Sponsor, Amy Fowler and Dawn Henke as Co-head FTC Coaches, Michael Wright as WHS Book Club Sponsor, and Jim Leonard as CMS Boys Basketball Coach.

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