WASHINGTON — Nearly $1.6 million has been set aside for future facilities and transportation repairs and improvements at Washington Community High School.
School Board members Monday approved the transfer of $1.236 million in reserves from the high school's education fund and $350,000 in reserves from the transportation fund to the operations and maintenance fund.
The board's finance committee recommended the transfers so the high school will have money on hand for planned and emergency projects. Transfers will be made in future years to continue building the operations and maintenance fund.
"Doing these transfers is preferable to going to taxpayers for additional funding," said Assistant Superintendent Joe Sander.
Nobody spoke Monday at a state-mandated public hearing on the transfers.
Also Monday, School Board members:
* Approved the high school's 2017-2018 school year calendar that includes a teacher institute day scheduled for Dec. 22, the final school day before winter break. Superintendent Kyle Freeman said Dec. 22 will become an exam day if needed. This school year a day lost to an ice storm moved the final day of exams to the first day after winter break.
* Approved the hiring of Spanish teacher Monica Lynch, math teacher Kathleen Tollakson and science teacher Lindsey Watson for the high school for the 2017-2018 school year. In a report to the School Board late last year, Principal Karen Stevens said teachers were needed in those subject areas because of full classrooms and projected school-wide enrollment increases.
* Approved an agreement with the Washington Police Department to provide a school resource officer for the high school for the 2017-2018 school year. The high school will contribute $74,884 toward the officer's annual salary and benefits. Troy Westbrook is serving as the school resource officer and will continue in that post next school year.
* Learned about 16 punch-list items are being addressed in a $233,100 project to make infrastructure repairs and construct new dugouts and a new backstop at Brian Wisher Field, the high school's baseball stadium. A final payment of $10,000 to contractor Laverdiere Construction of Macomb will be made when the work is done.
* Learned the high school has received a $785 grant from the state for the school's library that can be used to purchase materials, subscriptions to electronic resources or library-based technology that supports student research. The state awarded more than $1.1 million to 643 public school districts serving nearly 1.6 million students this year in its annual library grant program.
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