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School additions nearly complete

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 24, 2010
— The $70.8 million construction projects at Craig and Parker high schools finally could be deemed complete Tuesday night.

The school board could decide to put the last bit of interest left from the construction loan into the districtís operating budget.


Contractor J.P. Cullen & Sons on Tuesday will speak to board members about the project that voters approved in 2006.


The board could vote to accept Superintendent Karen Schulteís recommendation to accept the completion of the project. Workers last fall finished expanding and remodeling the two schools.


The board also could vote to move $26,700 in interest earned from the referendum loan into the districtís operating budget. Thatís the amount left from $1.7 million in interest earned, according to a memo written by district CFO Keith Pennington.


The school board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville.


Also on the agenda:


--The board will elect a president for the year. Current President DuWayne Severson has said he does not want to continue after two years in the position.


--The board could approve several staff positions. The list includes an additional $38,000 for the TATE Center, which helps at-risk youth. The district could spent $30,000 to expand its Chinese program into middle schools.


Currently, Chinese is offered to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Harrison and Roosevelt elementary schools. The board also could approve $90,000 to fund two youth advocacy positions that have been paid for with a grant that runs out this year.


--The board will meet in closed session to talk about expelling two students as well as a student who has not participated in the Janesville Virtual Academy.


--The board will accept the following retirements: Vicki Dill, Harrison third-grade teacher, 20 years; Janet Dow, Washington LMC, 18.5 years; Donna Erickson, Adams third-grade teacher, 34 years; Gary Hallowell, Craig math teacher, 26 years; Noreen Hermanson, Kennedy Title I reading teacher, 12 years.



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