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By CAROL THILMONY
Rantoul Press correspondent
FISHER — Officials here hope to still move junior high students into the new school addition the first week of February. But a delay in obtaining the countertop for the new science lab may push back the scheduled inspection by the Regional Office of Education set for January 29 and subsequently the move.
The facility must be inspected before students can be moved in.
One of the projects yet to be completed is site work where the portable classroom sits. The board agreed to sell the 13-year-old building by sealed bid with the stipulation it be moved by the buyer by March 1. The district will take care of utility disconnections and other preparations for moving the building.
Site work to be done includes grading, seeding and laying down sidewalk.
Track/bleacher project updated. Superintendent Barb Thompson also updated the school board on progress of the all-weather track and bleacher project that is being funded mainly by donations.
The track will be complete for the start of the 2013 football season, but the group behind the project has not secured the money and is unwilling to borrow it to replace the bleachers. So the planned completion for that portion of the project is set for August 2014.
Learning survey studied. The board also looked at copies of the 5Essentials, Illinois Survey of Learning Conditions that schools need to use to gauge school climate.
Results of the survey will be included in the revamped school report cards the state will issue next year.
For results to be considered valid, 50 percent of grade 6-12 students and faculty must complete the online survey and 30 percent of district parents. Thompson said the survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and students will most likely take the survey during their English classes.
Also the board:
• Hired Samantha Mauer to be a long-term substitute third-grade teacher to fill in for Kelly Kroppman, who resigned to take another job, till the end of the school year.
• Learned that the third annual PSAE award dinner for last year’s juniors who met or exceeded goals on the state test will be April 18 and high school graduation is set for Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.
• Heard from Thompson that the district will most likely lose, like all school districts in the state, another 10 percent of general state aid, or about $115,000. Thompson said transportation funding will likely stay the same as this year, but that is 75 percent of what districts received for transportation several years ago.
• Rescheduled the February regular board meeting to Monday, Feb. 25.