Slater Schools superintendent talks about greenhouse renovations, grant money

Friday, November 19, 2021

During a regular Slater School Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, Superintendent Debbie Gonzalez expressed her thanks for the Patterson Family grant. She noted the Slater School District received a check for $5,460.

“That’s going to go to updating our teachers’ lounge and wellness room for our teachers,” Gonzalez said.

She informed the board about submitting a grant application to Parker Hannifin to update the greenhouse. Gonzalez had spoken with FFA Advisor Zach Crews about necessary things that need to be renovated.

“We have updated it various times,” he told the board. “ … We poured concrete in it and when they poured concrete in it — whoever went back and put the siding on it — it probably wasn’t wired correctly.”

Crews explained a company did come in and work on the wiring to resolve the issue.

“But for it to function the way it needs to … I called a greenhouse specialist,” he said. “The guy came in. He’s putting things together.”

Although Crews noted the project for the greenhouse has been discussed, the cost estimate is presently unknown. However, he indicated the renovations are probably cheaper than building a new greenhouse. The district school greenhouse is over 30 years old.

Crews stated he thinks the greenhouse was built some time during the mid-90s.

“It’s like ‘93-‘94 probably when that greenhouse was built,” he noted.

Gonzalez added the grant application for the greenhouse was officially submitted on Nov. 17. Crews said once he gets an estimate on the prices he would let Gonzalez know.

Later in the meeting, Gonzalez discussed the resolution for the board to adopt the 2022 Saline County Multijurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. She explained to the board how other schools, chambers and councils have accepted this resolution. Then talked about how it is associated with FEMA.

“Our part of the writing is in there already, but they need the board to make this resolution, as well,” Gonzalez said.

After some questions and discussion, the board unanimously approved the mitigation plan.

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