Multiple presentations highlighted the Swanton Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, including one related to the planned wrestling room on Cherry Street. The plan is to use the room for middle school and biddy wrestling, and possibly other activities.
Swanton varsity wrestling coach Greg Hallett spoke to board about the progress of the project and what still needs to be done. With no access yet to the facility due to nearby demolition, a lot of work remains.
Hallett reported that Tri-County Block & Brick donated block to close up the building and complete a new entry way to the Booster Building.
However, he also reported that heating and air conditioning could be $4,000, with architect’s fees possibly as high as $15,000-$18,000. With that in mind, he asked board members if they would be willing to work with the wrestling organizations to help cover the cost if other groups, such as cheerleading and football, were also allowed to use the room when wrestling teams were not.
Hallett said that sharing the facility would not be a problem, the wrestling club just wants to ensure that they have a consistent place to practice.
“We have an opportunity here. We might be able to include everyone in what we’re trying to do,” Hallett said. “I think what that’s what this community and that’s what this program is about.”
The board asked some questions but made no decision at the meeting and the wrestling club plans on trying to find lower quotes from architecture firms once they are allowed into the room.
District teacher and parent Brooke Chinni gave two presentations to the board, one on the Swanton Parents Club and one on the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C.
Chinni, the co-secretary of the Swanton Parents Club, first reported on all the events the club offers, including Santa’s Workshop, parent-child bowling and Spring Carnival. She also said that with the reconfiguration of the buildings, the club will expand to also support the middle school.
The next Swanton Parents Club meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 10. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinni then spoke to the board about the eighth grade trip. It will be May 16-20 at a cost of $570. Little Caesar’s and Scentsy fundraisers are planned to help pay the cost.
The board approved the trip by a 5-0 vote.
Superintendent Chris Lake gave the board a rundown on the status of the building project.
“I’m happy to say we started school on time,” he said. “So, the majority of the work that allowed us to get kids in the building is done. We’re kind of in those final stages where little things are still being worked on.”
At the high school, entry doors still need to be completed. At the middle school, there are some electrical issues that will be worked on.
There are some minor details that need a fix at the elementary building including heating and cooling issues. The newest addition now has walls going up.
At the Fisher Athletic Facility, bricks are going up on the east side of the building, which used to be attached to the school. Work on the inside of the building is also underway.
Lake also complimented the custodians. “The buildings looked fantastic on opening day. They still look great.”
• The board approved several personnel items. They included supplemental contracts for Bill Boyer, full year mentor; Walter Steele, co-assistant athletic director; Autumn Crist, girls reserve soccer coach; and Lucas Braatz, varsity assistant football coach.
Recreation contracts were approved for Jessica Mitchell, U8-U14 soccer director; Kerri Rochelle, fall and winter cheer director; Stacey Nelson, boys and girls basketball director; and Callie Jacobs, soccer field maintenance.
• The board approved permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2018.
• The board honored Steve Smith, Jason Longbrake, Joyce Kinsman, Glen Dominique, Matt Smith, Christian Martinez, Brandon Schroth, and Kevin Young for their work on the building reconfiguration project.
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