by Lynn Meredith
District purchases student art
With praise for the district’s art teachers and the assurance to the assembled parents and students that this night was the board’s favorite meeting of the year, Superintendent Charlie McCormick opened the board meeting on May 27. Each spring, the district purchases award-winning art work from each school, has it professionally framed and displays it in the district offices during the following year.
The first-place winners include Anna King, eighth grade; Sheldon Bartmann, second grade; Gavin Shafer, second grade; Heather Diehl, fifth grade; Maxwell LeDone, second grade; and Leina Kameyama, 12th grade.
The second-place winners were Teri Ruffolo, seventh grade; Hannah McCarron, first grade; Sophia James, kindergarten; Lillie Lindgren, first grade; and Xitlaly Andrade, first grade.
District seeks public bids
Kaneland will seek public bids on projects that need immediate attention. The money to pay for the projects will come from excess referendum money not used due to cost savings.
At its May 27 meeting, the School Board approved $57,000 to replace one of the two well pumps that serve the campus. The current pump is 26 years old and running at 15 to 20 percent capacity.
The board approved $55,000 to resurface the running track with a polyurethane structural spray to extend the use of the track eight to 10 years and avoid replacing the surface itself, which would cost double that amount.
The district will repave and repair the west and southwest entry drives and the west half of the bus parking lot. It will also fill cracks, seal coat and re-stripe the southwest parking lot, east entry drive and large northeast parking lot. The total cost is $950,000.
The board approved $29,000 to renovate the public washrooms under the press box.