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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 27, 2014

Gym floors at WACO to receive special attention

Apr 23, 2013

WAYLAND — Gym floors in the WACO Community School District’s Junior-Senior High School building will receive some tender loving care this summer.
During their regular meeting Monday night, school directors approved installing a new wood floor in the practice gym and refinishing the high school gym floor.
Renovations to the practice gym will include the installation of a new maple floor, application of two coats of oil-based sealer and finish and raising two basketball hoops. FLR Sanders, Inc. of Princeton, Minn., was the successful bidder on the project for a cost of $49,500.
Work on the high school gym floor will include sanding, two coats of oil-based sealer, painted game lines, center log, side logo and two coats of oil-based finish. FLR also received this contract at a cost of $9,900.
Phillips Floors of Indianola also bid on the project, submitting a request of $47,902 for the practice gym floor and $14,398 for the high school floor refinishing.
The installation of the middle school gym floor and related work is expected to take from four-six week and the refinishing of the high school floor will take approximately two weeks.
The 2013-14 school calendar with a start date of Aug. 27 was approved. Christmas vacation will begin following classes on Dec. 20 and school will resume Jan. 6, 2014. School will be dismissed on May 22, 2014.
In a related matter, the board resolution approving Aug. 27 as the start date also acknowledged the 4 + 1 committee’s dedication and efforts in developing next year’s calendar.
In his report, Superintendent of Schools Pat Coen praised the committee for its work. “The 4 + 1 initiative has encompassed our district goals in many diverse ways. Never before has a WACO Community School District had an opportunity to bring about positive outcomes on instruction and learning. This is possible not only in the area of instruction, but also in the areas of course offering, enrichment and remediation.
“Further, the longer instructional periods allow for implementation of strategies to teach and apply higher order thinking skills. With the board’s support and understanding, WACO is poised to lead into the future of education,” Coen praised. “I personally and professionally appreciate the 4 + 1 committee’s dedication to students, staff, the overall institution that is ‘education,’ and greater WACO community.”
Board members approved the budget guarantee resolution. The resolution guarantees the district the same spending authority in fiscal 2014 as the current budget year in the event the Iowa Legislature does not pass a 2-percent allowable growth-funding bill for state school districts.
In personnel items, contracts were approved for Brad Shettler, junior high softball coach (2013 season), and Gwen Devaul, secondary special-education instructor.
Directors also approved the child care handbook, drug and alcohol-free prom and graduation resolution and the graduating class of 2013.
WACO’s School Board meets again in regular session Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m.

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