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Expect Coleman Board To Okay School Renovation Work Bids
Issue Date: March 28, 2019
Coleman School Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1 to approve bids from contractors chosen to work on the remodeling/renovation project approved by votes at last year's referendum, and hiring of Matthew Markiewicz as the district's new Director of Building and Grounds.
Markiewicz has been selected to replace Wayne Gross, whose resignation was accepted by the board in March. Gross had served the district for 22 years as Director of Building and Grounds. In his letter of resignation Gross told the board he planned to continue his employment with the school through April 1 and the first phase of the remodeling moveout and then assist the replacement person if needed as the transition takes shape.
With spaces in the elementary wing of the building being cleaned out for start up of the remodeling/renovation project in the very near future, the board will meet in the high school library rather than its regular meeting room adjacent to the elementary entrance.
Before the vote on contracts for various portions of the referendum-approved construction, District Administrator Doug Polomis is to give the board an update on the project and priorities that had been set after some bids came in higher than anticipated. He, some board members including Board President Ryan Wendt, building designers and bidders had met to discuss the priorities as well as ways to bring the project back under budget.
Other items on the agenda for the April 1 special board meeting include approving the resignation of Julie Patefield as a Third Grade aide; approving Joshua Pillath as a volunteer track coach, approving Youth Options applications, and approving a Fifth Grade overnight trip to Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya on Feb. 13-14, 2020 and a High School Band and Choral trip to Nashville and Orlando on March 8 through 13, 2020.
There will be discussion on some policy revisions prior to adoption of numerous policies that had been presented for First Readings at the board's regular March meeting. The agenda also allows for possible approval of donations to the district and other hirings and resignations, though none are specified.
Some board members will start their evening's work at 5:15 p.m. with a Personnel Committee meeting for discussion on an exchange of initial proposals with Coleman Education Association (CEA) on an increase to total base wages for 2019-2020 and the total 2019-2020 compensation package for the CEA. Members of the Personnel Committee are Barb Krause-Klug, Corey Kuchta and Scott Herzog, chair.
The next regular meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15, also in the High School Library.