Rock wall, greenhouse projects moved forward by EL-G School Board

by Abby Lynn Harvey
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The Elkhart Lake – Glenbeulah School Board voted Monday evening to approve the addition of a rock climbing wall in the middle school gymnasium and to continue moving forward with the ongoing greenhouse project at the high school.

Funding for the rock wall will be split evenly between the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Education Foundation and the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Parent Teacher Association.

The wall will be 40 feet wide and eight feet high and will be located on the east wall of the gymnasium explained Physical Educator Davin Hill.

“As far as curriculum, there are learning activities that coincide with the national education standards as well as all of Wisconsin physical education standards,” Hill said. “A lot of those are directed toward teamwork, safety with equipment, there’s a specific one just for building strength.”

Thewallwillbecoveredwitha3inchprotective mat when not in use. The mat would then flip down to avoid any injuries from falls when the wall is is in use.

Hill states that the mat will be useful for all grades in the elementary/middle school and if in the future the school outgrows the wall there are height extensions available.

The purchase of the wall was approved unanimously.

Steven Schmitt of Jos. Schmitt & Sons presented several ideas for the ongoing greenhouse project. Schmitt expressed a passion for this type of project stating that he would be happy to help the district find funding for the greenhouse, which may be more expensive than previously expected.

“I have a passion for this, I’ll help you raise the money,” Schmitt said, mentioning several similar projects where he took such a role.

The board voted to hire Jos. Schmitt and Sons as the project manager for the greenhouse. The company will be paid a percentage of the project, but are not guaranteed the bid on the final project.

Schmitt mentioned many local suppliers that may be willing to donate supplies to the greenhouse.

“We’ll have to look at what kind of funds we can get and that will determine what kind of structure we can build,” District Administrator Ann Buechel Haack said, ensuring the board that the project would fit a reasonable budget.

The purchase of a new tractor was approved as the maintenance costs for the old one were getting pricey. The funds for the purchase were available in the current budget.

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