The board approved those plans and formally named Link project architect.
Budd also announced Capital Funds Projects for the upcoming summer, which will include replacing all the original windows at NDHS and SDHS. The superintendent stressed that the project, which will cost $100,000, will include only windows from the original buildings and not additional wings added in 1992 or science facilities added in 2012.
Classroom doors and related hardware will also be replaced at the two schools as part of summer capital funds projects, with the total cost coming in at $85,000. Only half the tab for the doors project, however, will come from the capital funds budget. The other half will come from the school safety grants the corporation was awarded last year for hiring a school safety officer. Money for replacing classroom doors, Budd explained, was written into the original application for those grants.
Additionally, the entryways by the cafeteria at each school will also be replaced, adding another $15,000 in expenses taken from the capital funds budget.
SDHS will build a softball field during the summer for its girls’ softball team. That project will bring DCCS into compliance with the 1972 Title IX US Education Amendment, which prohibits gender-based discrimination in school sports activities.
Also on Wednesday night, North Decatur Elementary School principal Rob Smith reported that the school’s recent student iPad roll out went extremely well, with only two students currently without a device. “We’re working with those parents right now,” Smith said. Smith also announced that 250 people are signed up to attend the school’s Family Science Night on Friday.
NDHS principal Gary Cook reported on a new economics “investment club” to be offered at his school that will teach students about investing in the stock market. The school will also hold a public blood-donation drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 26, at the school.