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Lena School Board Reviews Two Water Erosion Solutions

Issue Date: September 13, 2017

Lena-The Lena School District should soon have a solution to a water erosion issue in a field on the district's property. The issue was first brought to the attention of the Lena School Board at its Sept.6 meeting by district administrator/elementary school principal Ben Pytleski. He said he was contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding a ditch that had formed as a result of a rain washout.

Ken Dolata, head of the Oconto County Land Conservation Department, appeared at the meeting to go over potential solutions and funding options to remedy the water erosion issue. Dolata presented two options as solutions, both of which involved the construction of a grassed waterway with stone. Option A would be 558-feet long and has an estimated cost of roughly $3,138.40 while Option B would be 500-feet long with an estimated cost of roughly $2,973.40.

Dolata stated the district could apply for a federal grant to fund the project. They could receive $3,779 for Option A and $3,662 for Option B and, as Dolata noted, the district would get to keep any leftover funds once the project was complete.

The board was unable to take any action since it was only listed as a discussion item, but members expressed support for the more straightforward waterway presented in Option B and for pursuing federal funding. The grant, which Dolata said the district would most likely be awarded, must be applied for by October. The board will take action on the issue at its annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 18.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the second reading of the new and amended policies first presented at the August meeting and set future Building and Grounds Committee meetings to take place on the first Wednesday every other month starting in October.

In his report to the board, Pytleski thanked the Lena Lions Club for footing the entire bill for a new sound system and the board discussed holding a Lions Day at a volleyball and/or basketball game to honor the Club for all they do for the school. And in his report, high/middle school principal James Torzala stated that the school year was off to a good start with the district's new schedule and said new teachers Abby Konitzer, Sam Kassien and Jane Kanestrom are excited to be a part of the district.


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