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Infrastructure projects booked at West Iron

IRON RIVER—The West Iron County School District has established its infrastructure projects plan for the next two years with those plans revolving around work at Stambaugh Elementary School.
    At its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 15, the West Iron County School Board voted to contract with Integrated Designs Inc. of Marquette to facilitate the district’s projects that will take place over the next two summers.
    The sinking fund projects will replace all windows and univents at Stambaugh Elementary. The first project will take place in the summer of 2020 and the second in the summer of 2021.
    “I’m asking permission to enter into planning for these next two years, sinking fund projects,” Superintendent Chris Thomson said. “The windows and the univents will be our two primary projects for the next two summers, so that we’re booked.”
    Board vice president Ryan Meske made the motion to agree with Thomson’s recommendation with trustee Dennis Tousignant seconding. The motion passed unanimously.
    Another project that has been planned falls outside of the sinking fund. With funds already allocated from a Competitive School Safety Grant Program authorized by the Michigan State Police, the district will redo the entrance way into the elementary building - in particular a vestibule as an added layer of security that has been recommended for districts with older buildings that were not designed for present-day school safety issues.
    The school has until June 30, 2020 to spend the grant funds.
    The board agreed unanimously to move forward with the vestibule project and to complete it by that date. IDI will design the vestibule. Any money the district spends on the project will be reimbursed.
    “For the public to know, this isn’t just the doorways, it’s basically creating a teller window with the office, so it’s not just another buzz through,” Tousignant said.
    Tousignant pointed out that the vestibule can help limit common classroom interruptions.
    “That’s a side benefit, but the main thing is, we never know who’s going to try to walk through those doors at any time,” board president Faye Atanasoff added.
    In other agenda items:
    -the board voted unanimously to accept a $900 bid from Cameron Fritsche for a 1994 Ford Ranger that the district owned.
    -the board also unanimously approved the support staff evaluation form that was developed at one of the board’s recent work sessions.