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School board gears up for 2010

As this school year comes to a close, administrators and staff members of Alexandria School District 206 are already gearing up for the upcoming school year.

At Monday night's regular meeting, school board members received an update on the new school - Woodland Elementary School.

They also heard presentations about "Classrooms of the Future," a technology initiative within the district; the Wellness Policy and programs in the district related to the wellness of students; the industrial tech framework at the middle and high school and how the curriculum has changed; and the proposed Community Education Strategic Plan.

Board members also approved a bid from Alex Glass and Glazing for $69,900 for the replacement of 90 windows at Voyager Elementary School.

Tom Wieczorek, School District 206 business manager, told board members that the district had budgeted $120,000 for this project and was pleased that the bids came in "way under budget."

The only other bid received for the window replacement project came from Northland Windows - $73,900.

Board members approved spending up to $70,000 for purchasing, moving and installing playground equipment at Woodland Elementary School. Wieczorek explained that there would be three playgrounds at the school. He added that some of the equipment would be moved from Washington Elementary School, which will be closing at the end of the school year, to Woodland.

DLR Group representatives Keith Stockman and Deb Metz, who is also the construction manager of the $20.9 million project, updated the board on the progress of the new school as well as the financial status of the project.

Stockman said that the finances are in good shape and the cost of the project is under budget.

Metz provided a brief overview on the progress of the school, telling board members and administrators that staff would be able to start moving into portions of the building around the end of June.

She also provided some fun facts about the project, which included that there are approximately 10,700 square feet of glass installed and that there was approximately 120,000 face bricks and 65,000 concrete bricks used to construct the building.

In other action, the school board approved a request from New Testament Christian School to dissolve the cooperative agreement with School District 206 for softball. The agreement will be terminated at the end of this school year.

The board also authorized administrators to apply for federally funded programs for next year, including:

•Title I - instructional assistance.

•Title II - improving teaching quality.

•Title III - limited English proficiency.

•Title IV - safe and drug-free schools.

•Adult basic education program.

And the board approved two revised curriculums for next year - business and agriculture.