Board hears further facilities recommendations

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Several areas of concern were brought before the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board during the second presentation of results of the recent facilities study.

Last month the board discussed upgrading the entrance to the elementary/ middle school in an effort to make it safer and more inviting. Work on this project is nearing completion.

Four major areas of concern were discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the board. These projects, if given final approval, would be funded by the TID money that the district received, which remains untouched at this point.

First, the heating and air conditioning systems at the high school were addressed. Currently temperature control inside the the school is provided by several roof-mounted HVAC units. It was reported that these units are not in need of repair immediately, but will need to be replaced within 5-7 years.

It was recommended that the units be replaced with a geothermal system which would be costly to install, but in the long term would likely save the district money on heating and cooling costs.

Next, an attractive architectural upgrade to the entrance at the rear of the high school was considered. This entrance, adjacent to the parking lot, is the one most commonly used by visitors and currently is not visually appealing. A canopy, updated lighting and possibly new doors were recommended for installation.

Construction of a greenhouse would benefit the high school agriculture and horticulture programs and would be needed if the school were to receive the Monsanto Grant, which was recently applied for in this area of study.

Several electrical updates were suggested including the purchase and installation of a new generator at the high school, improved exterior lighting – this addition would bring the school into compliance with current statutes, but is not technically necessary due to the building’s age – emergency lighting and an emergency shut-off in the shop room and an updated fire alarm system at the middle school – the current alarm system is not code compliant.

A committee was formed to investigate these projects further and a recommendation will be brought the board in the future.

An initial budget for next year was passed by the board but the final budget will not be approved until September.

The board voted to approve the High School Cum Laude Recognition Program to be put into place for the class of 2017.

The program was spearheaded by high school principal Todd Timm who, it was announced, has submitted his letter of resignation.

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