All bids received came in much over estimate
By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN After bids came back higher than anticipated, the Delano School Board decided to rebid a proposed parking lot to help alleviate parking issues the school campus is facing.
Working with a budget of $120,000, the board asked for bids on the construction of a parking lot, in addition to some street repairs, roof work, and a walkway.
The low bidder was Doboszenski and Sons of Loretto, which bid $218,200. Two additional bids were received, including a bid of $236,900 from Midwest Asphalt of Hopkins, and a bid of $239,907 from Knife River of Sauk Rapids.
Architect Paul Youngquist of Rego and Youngquist apologized to the school board, stating he did not fully realize all the different parts of the project when he provided the initial cost estimates to the board.
The board discussed its options for alleviating the parking concerns, including the possibility of a gravel lot. It was also noted if the contractor were to use a recycled base, dollars could be saved on the project.
“The need doesn’t go away,” Board Member Amy Johnson commented, adding she was frustrated to see the bids come in so much higher than the estimate. It was also suggested a meeting take place between the school’s buildings and grounds committee, Crow River Youth Hockey Association, Delano Area Sports Arena (DASA), and the city to explore options.
Action was taken to reject the three original bids for the project, and to rebid the project with solely the parking lot as the base bid.
Slight increase in school lunch costs approved by board
A slight increase was approved by the school board in school breakfast and lunch prices for the 2010-11 school year.
The price increases, along with a decrease in food service staff hours, will help maintain the food service fund balance. It was noted the fund is expected to deficit-spend by $6,587 in the 2010-11 school year.
The board approved a 10 cent increase for lunches in the elementary, middle, and high schools, bringing the elementary cost to $2.15, the middle school to $2.30, and the high school to $2.30. The cost of adult lunches increased by 35 cents, to $3.40 per lunch. A 25 cent increase was also approved for second entrees, bringing that to $1.55.
Breakfast prices were also increased 5 cents across the board.
Board Member Carolyn Milano asked if the price changes would affect the free/reduced lunch programs, and it was noted it would not.
Action taken on employment matters
The board approved the retirement of long-time middle school assistant principal David Lindeman at the meeting. Lindeman had been with the district 23 years and became eligible for retirement.
“We’re sad to see him decide to retire,” Sweet said. Many on the school board were surprised to hear of the retirement and suggested making sure an exit interview with Lindeman takes place. A statement was read to the school board by Lindsay Wallace during the public comment portion of the meeting regarding Lindeman’s departure from the district (see last week’s newspaper).
The board also approved the resignations of elementary school paraprofessionals Rebecca Hayden and Sandy Trocke, and elementary school recess paraprofessional Sheila Bertsch.
Shifting to recommendations for employment, the board approved the hiring of Laura Barto as a high school special education teacher, replacing Leo Pospichal; Courtney Bongard as an elementary school speech pathologist, replacing Abigail Linder; Kylee Knutson as a sixth grade teacher, replacing Sharon Keller; Tasha Reitenour as a middle school special education teacher, replacing Gail Savage; Kelly White as a fifth grade teacher, replacing Rochelle Lindberg; LouAnn Eberspacher as an academic intervention paraprofessional, replacing Barbara Stevens; Natalie Palmer as a middle school long-term substitute for Nicole Pfeifer, Katie Ylitalo as a Tiger Kids Club student aide, and Marjorie Miller and Melody Soderberg as middle school targeted services summer program teachers.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• acknowledged the school district’s population at 12,948 people. This is an annual resolution that must be done for Community Education revenue.
• approved resolutions relating to the upcoming fall election and filing periods (see separate story).
• noted administrator performance goals for 2009-10 have been reviewed. The high school met its goals, and the board is still waiting on testing scores to complete reviews of the middle and elementary school administration.
• heard a program review from Shannon Durick and Jessica Nelson on a special education scrapbooking project.
• approved curriculum updates for business education, family and consumer science, physical education, and technology education.
• approved changes to the elementary and middle school handbooks. Changes include attendance policies, field trips, and communications, among other things.
• approved the annual health and safety program revenue.
• heard the results of the annual improvement plan from Community Education Director Diane Johnson.