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By Natascha Watercott
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

WR board OKs maintenance projects


At the July 17 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved several additional long term facilities maintenance bonding projects. At last month’s meeting, the board had approved two large projects: carpet installation for $25,000 and football lights for $75,000.

Additional projects approved at this month’s meeting include installing more carpet, installing one handicapped accessibility door, replacing the current pea rock gravel with wood chips in the playground, replacing lockers in the boys locker room, adding plumbing fixtures and valves, and replacing several windows for a total of $65,665.

The board approved a resolution relating to the election of school board members and calling the school district general election for the purpose of electing three school board members for terms of four years each. The general election will be held in conjunction with the state general election on Tuesday, November 6. The seats of Bruce Bohaty, Gerard Bennett and Dave Prachar are up for grabs at this year’s election.

The board approved the hiring of Shea Danahar as a full-time Spanish teacher for the 2018-19 school year to be shared between the Willow River and East Central school districts as both require a .5 FTE (half-time) teacher. Board members noted that finding a staff member to teach on a part-time basis is very difficult, so this collaboration between the districts will be very beneficial. East Central will hold the contract, and Willow River will split the cost 50/50, or about $29,041 total.

The board approved the Van and Bus Driver’s Association Master Agreement for July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020. Several changes to the agreement include an increase in drivers’ pay by 25 cents per hour and giving drivers an extra $25 if they pull a trailer behind the bus. Sick leave was also increased.

The board thanked St. Isidore’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW) for their donation of $150 towards Backpacks for Snacks.


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