At the USD 489 BOE meeting Monday evening, Interim Superintendent Dean Katt discussed the proposal of hiring additional nursing staff by the school district. The district had posted for nurse and counseling positions after getting approval from the board at a previous meeting.
Katt was tasked with overseeing and reviewing the process, and came to the determination that the district didn’t currently have enough available funds to pursue this course of action. He explained his stance to the board, outlining how he came to the conclusion that adding those positions now would put the district “in the red.”
Katt did commit, however, to revisit the idea at a later time when the district has the funds available to add the positions.
The USB 489 Board of Education also voted to go forward with the replacement of the roof at the High School above the music room and locker rooms. The two areas of the roof consistently leak and is in need of replacement.
The board voted to approved the low bid turned in by Roofmasters for $140,300; $25,000 under what they had budgeted in the in the 2014 Capital Outlay budget.
The board also approved an agreement with NCK Technical College to provide teachers for Auto Mechanics and Allied Health. The tuition for the program is $34,000 for the fiscal year 2014.