The USD 398 Board of Education approved about $33,000 worth of equipment and materials for school improvement projects this summer.
Three machines were approved for purchase: a carpet shampooer, $2,726, a hard surface dry scrubber, $2,550, and a wet and dry vacuum, $661.
The board approved the purchase of carpet. Ray Savage will supervise the installation of carpet in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten rooms of Peabody-Burns Elementary School, the central office, and the business office and hallway to the assistant principal’s office in the high school. The machines and carpet work totaled $19,157.
Concrete work was approved for sidewalks surrounding PBES and Peabody-Burns High School. Interim Superintendent Demitry Evancho specifically brought up a spot on sidewalk north of the PBES entrance where water pools. The spot could be a liability if not smoothed.
Board member Tony Zappone questioned spending money on summer projects but Evancho stated the carpet was also necessary because people could trip where the carpet was releasing from glue at its base.
Three curb projects were taken out of the final summer project total that would have cost the district $2,500.
In other business:
- The contract for Steven Reiner was approved to teach the PBHS summer school program. He will be paid for $19.43 an hour, $1,260 total.
- The board agreed to open bids to have a roofing company look at the Brown Building roof at PBHS. Savage said the roof was cracking but not leaking. Evancho said the roof is still the original roof placed on the building when it was built in the mid-1950s. Evancho predicted replacing the roof would cost the district $70 per square foot for the 7,100-square-foot surface.