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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School will receive state grant funding for about three-quarters of the cost of three projects.
Superintendent Dru Lobmaster told the school board at its monthly meeting Thursday that projects including a pneumatic wireless thermostat, power strips for computers and lighting sensors will cost an estimated $20,700.
The most costly of the projects is the wireless thermostat. Lobmaster said the district will receive $14,792 in state grant money for the thermostat project, including a $1,613 bonus for completing the project by the Feb. 14 deadline. The other projects are still to be completed. For all three projects, the school’s share of the cost is expected to run only about $5,000.
The superintendent said the school also received a $3,420 check for another green project that has been completed — the installation of tankless water heaters.
Coaches, aide hired; cook to retire. The board approved the hiring of track and field coaches and a teacher aide and learned that the head cook would retire.
Teachers Brandon Roberts and Trent Groves were approved as joint boys and girls track and field coaches.
Groves is also fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the school, and Roberts is a part-time second-grade teacher and teachers aide.
The board approved Megan Barron as a bilingual aide/teacher aide. She will assist in third and fourth grades and as needed in other grades this semester.
The board also learned that head cook Sandra King would retire at the end of the school year. Lobmaster estimated King had served as head cook for five years.
Regional office inspection report received. The board learned that the school was found to be in compliance following the inspection by the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education, which is conducted every four years.
Lobmaster said the school did “very well.”
“We had a few areas of concern to address,” Lobmaster said.
One includes the need to finish training on food allergies. That training has since been implemented.
The board also discussed a letter received from State Education Superintendent Chris Cook indicating that state ISAT scores will become more stringent to align with common core standards. Lobmaster said ISAT testing for grades three-eight will begin the week of March 4.
Firewall purchase approved. The board approved the purchase of a computer server firewall from CIPA Filter of East Moline at a cost of $1,500. A firewall is a set of related programs, located at a network gateway server, that protects the resources of a private network from users from other networks.
All-school field trip set. Lobmaster announced that an all-school field trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum will be held May 7.