The Reedsburg School Board named a contractor for the school districts new transportation and maintenance facility at Webb Middle School.

The board unanimously approved to award the bids to KSW Construction Corporation, a construction company out of Verona, for $1.26 million at the May 21 school board meeting. The bids were slightly under the budgeted $1.27 million planned for the project. The other bid considered was Holtz Builders at $1.49 million.

Business Manager Pat Ruddy said construction is expected to begin in June. ACDI is the designer for the facility.

In addition, the board discussed potential contractors for heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades at Reedsburg Area High School and Westside Elementary School as a part of the $32 million referendum projects. No action was taken.

The item was discussed at the May 21 building and ground committee meeting, but the committee ran short on time to fully discuss and make a recommendation to the board. The committee had preliminary financial estimates from one year ago, prior to the approval of the referendum last October, and is looking to have more recent numbers before further action is taken.

“That’s still a project that needs to be decided and move forward fairly soon,” said Neal Pulvermacher, board member and chairman for the building and grounds committee, said.

Ruddy said he would follow up with the contractors for updated financial information and possibly hold a special school board meeting to move the process along quicker. In other project updates, District Administrator Tom Benson said there is a “good solid schedule” to begin projects for safety and security components as well as window and installation projects at Westside Elementary School will “begin in a timely fashion.” A ground breaking ceremony will be held May 22 for the new elementary school.

“All of that is exciting work that is going to be taking place here,” Benson said. “As soon as we can wrap up this school year you will begin to see many of these projects take off in short order.”

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Emergency impact aid

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Linda Bruun shared in her reports the school district filed an application to receive reimbursement for students displaced by last years natural disasters.

Bruun said the school district was notified by the Department of Public Instruction May 4 the U.S. Department of Education had set aside $2.5 billion in Temporary Emergency Impact Aid to assist local education agencies and non-public schools that have enrolled students displaced during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria or California wildfires. She said the application was filed May 16.

According to the report, the formula grant per student is $8,500 for a student not having a disability and a non-English learner, $9,000 for an English learner and $10,000 for a student with a disability. Bruun said the school district had a total of 11 students, nine English learners and two students with disabilities, that enrolled due to displacement from those disasters.

“We are hoping to be reimbursed at that rate, Bruun said. “However, there is a limit to the funding. So the total will be prorated accordingly by how many numbers get turned in.”

Other business

The board unanimously approved employee handbook changes regarding jury duty and subpoena leave, overtime pay and personal leave. The changes to personal leave will become effective in July 1, the end of the districts fiscal year.

The board unanimously approved a five cent increase to lunch prices for grades K-12 for the 2018-19 school year. The change was made to meet the Department of Instructions Lunch Equity Tool criteria on meal pricing. No changes were made to breakfast or milk prices.

Contact Erica Dynes at 608-393-5346 or on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews.

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