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Slater school board accepts two donations (Updated 8:45 a.m.)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Work on Slater school district's new Early Childhood Center is about three weeks ahead of schedule. Steel workers are expected to begin putting up the stucture next Wednesday, Nov. 10, according to Superintendent John McEachern.
(Photo by Marcia Gorrell)
The Slater School Board held a brief meeting, taking only a few votes, at noon on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

During the meeting the board voted to accept two gifts, one from Martha Garnett for $1,000 and another of $85 from the Slater High School graduating class of 1948. Both were donated to go towards the new Early Childhood Center.

"We thank them for that," said Rick Hays, after the board unanimously approved the donations.

In old business, Superintendent John McEachern commented on several projects at the school including the Early Childhood Center, which is under construction.

"The good news is the steel is going to come in this afternoon or Monday," he said, adding that the steel workers will be begin work at the site next Wednesday, which is about three weeks ahead of schedule.

"Everything is going off like clockwork on that so far," he said. "It is working out real good."

In maintenance work on existing buildings, two projects are in the process of being finished, he told the board.

The old boiler is in the process of being replaced and is expected to be running by next week. McEachern said the old boiler in the school has been removed and was sold for scrap, netting $234.25. Another load of scrap was hauled away earlier last week and garnered $161, he said. To remove the boiler, they also saved $300 by using the city's pole truck in lieu of a crane. That savings will be credited towards replacing some of the old piping behind the boiler, he explained.

Work on the Alexander Building to solve a chronic leakage problem on the north and south sides of the old school building is almost completed as well, he said.

After the brief meeting the board adjourned into executive session where board members voted to appoint Chris Ferri as assistant boys high school basketball coach and approved Chris Zdybel as weight room supervisor Monday through Friday and Ferri as supervisor on Saturdays. They also approved moving Stacy Harry to a new position as one-on- one aide for a special education student.

They also discussed some student discipline issues, according to McEachern.

Board members Mike Venable and Joey Gochenour were absent from the meeting.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at mgorrell@marshallnews.com

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