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Prep Work Underway For White Lake School Building Project

December 21, 2011

Rusty Mehlberg

WACD 106.1 FM

While construction will not begin until spring, preparation work is in full swing for the addition project to the While Lake School building. The district's Board of Education approved the first recommendations towards the project during their December meeting Tuesday evening.

Representatives from the building firm EDS provided details on what a community-based building task force decided on regarding what materials and colors will be used for the project. The board also got a more detailed plan on what the project will look like; which will include a new gymnasium, exercise room and meeting place along with improvements to the current locker rooms and tech ed areas.

As for the financing for the project, a representative from Robert W. Baired financial group provided details on how the bond for the project will be issued. The plan is to have the sale of the bond take place in January with it finalized by early February. The representative provided more details on how the bond will be issued, including the plan to pay it back. The rep said that payback will take no more than 16 years and it will be done within the levy limit proposed in the recently passed referendum.

Other actions items taken by the board at their meeting included approval of the senior class trip for the school year, approved amendments to their budget to reflect the referendum, approved the audit report for the districts 2010/2011 budget, and approved a voting representative for the upcoming WASB convention.

Information items the board got at their meeting included an update on the NDEN program and what could be done if it is discontinued, a review of new policies related to head lice control and prevention, and the possibility of a logo design contest in the near future for a new look to the Lakers symbol. The board also met in closed session to discuss staffing and current negotiations.

by Rusty Mehlberg

PHOTO CAPTION: (top) Representatives from EDS show the school board some of the materials that will be used to build the addition to the White Lake School building. (bottom) A view of the detailed plans for the addition.

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