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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with some of the facility projects that need to be done in the next few years.

“We have two great facilities,” he said. “We want to maintain and improve them the best we can.”

The maintenance plan, which was put together by Keith and the facilities committee, categorized projects by priority. Some of the projects under Priority #1 included parking renovations at both sites, ceiling work at the elementary, carpet in the music room, asbestos removal at the high school, and windows at the high school.

There was also a sprinkler system at the high school, with an estimated cost of $850,000. Keith explained the Fire Marshall recognized the high school did not have a sprinkler system, and it needs to be done soon. The project would be paid for with Health and Safety funds.

Keith showed plans for parking lot improvements at both sites. The gravel parking area at the back of the elementary building would be paved, and the lot and front drive would be resurfaced. Keith also mentioned the necessity of adding more parking spaces, and he gave a couple of options they had been considering.

Board member Emily Ellis asked about parents dropping off their kids in the morning or picking them up after school. The front drive is very congested at both of these times, and it makes things difficult. Ellis asked if it was possible to make a drop-off lane.

Keith said the traffic there is something they need to look at when considering their plans.

Some of the items on the Priority #2 list included restroom upgrades at both sites, but primarily the high school, HVAC project at the elementary, playground surfacing at the elementary, and some electric signage at the high school site.

Keith said there have been concerns in the past about using up the space at both sites, but currently at least 85 percent of the rooms are in use on a daily basis 75 percent of time. “We’re using our space, and we’re running out of room in some cases.”

There was also some discussion about changing the location of the office at the high school, either by remodeling the media center or adding on to the building.


The board approved the resignation of Cheryl Tesch, a custodian at the elementary school. With this resignation, Custodial Supervisor Bernie Hurley had requested a decrease of 2.5 custodial hours per week. He requested the two part-time employees, Jim Schott and Jon Haug, increase to full time to replace Tesch.

Board member Shelly Topness had some concerns about decreasing the amount of hours per week. She suggested they advertise for Tesch’s position and leave the hours the same. The board agreed.

The board also approved the maternity leave extension for Jeanette Burns until March 31, and the long-term sub extension for Terry Sinn.

Spring coaches were approved. Tim Ostrom will be coaching B squad softball, Travis Malley 8th grade, and Jessie Powell 7th grade. In baseball, David Broadwater will coach B squad, Don Schoepski and Jeff Dick 7th grade. Brad Holten will coach boy’s golf and Lane Powell girl’s golf, and Aaron Mensink junior high.

Baseball field improvements

The board accepted donations from AgStar for $750, the Fillmore Central Booster Club for $10,000, and Preston Community Foundation for $2,000 to go toward the baseball field renovations. Chris Mensink received bids from two companies for a new fence, and the lowest was for $13,820 from Sutherland Fence in Chatfield. The donations will cover the cost of the fence. Mensink added he has applied for a grant from the Minnesota Twins for $10,000, and he will find out at the end of March if he received that. If the district does get that extra money, it will go toward more improvements to the field.

Weather make-up days

The district’s policy on making up snow days allows for one snow day a year, and up to five days must be made up. So far this winter, there have been five days missed due to bad weather. There was some discussion about when to make up the four days missed. It was decided not to take days away from spring break. The board will discuss which days to make up at the end of the year at the March meeting.

Summer Food Service program

Keith informed the board about a program the elementary school is eligible to participate in. Because of low incomes in the area, there could be a program at the school that provides two free meals per day to anyone 18 and under. There would be no need to prove need or age, and the school would be reimbursed by the state depending on how many meals are served.

Other Business

Services with ProCare for a school psychologist were terminated. The district is now receiving the services of Brian Feight through a contract with Kingsland.

It was approved the seek bids for a food service management contract, as well as for multi-coverage insurance for 2014-2017.

Mensink said 151 people attended the recent Father-Daughter Hoe Down hosted by ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education).

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