First meeting for new superintedent

Photo by Cheri Shelhart

Photo by Cheri Shelhart

The new Kankakee Valley Superintendent of Schools Don Street (center) opens the July 8 school board meeting.

WHEATFIELD — In his first school board meeting, new KV Superintendent Don Street led the meeting with a short agenda. The meeting, as often is the case in the summer months, lasted only a half hour and there were no public comments. The board heard a presentation from Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Foundation for Contracting.

Former Rensselaer Police Chief Jeff Phillips introduced himself to the school board and talked briefly about the foundation and his role. He is an advocate for the foundation for Jasper, Newton and portions of Lake County. His colleague Josh Weger, policy director for the non-profit organization, explained what the foundation does and how it assists government entities and private in adopting and employing a responsible bidder ordinance or policy. The board received a packet that included 10 – 12 objectives for them to look at when asking for construction bids over the Indiana threshold, $150,000.

Phillips is the “go to” guy for this county if any of the board members had questions, and there is no charge for his services. The foundation is funded by the construction industry.

The board received a number of changes for the corporation’s policy, which falls in line with mandates passed by the Indiana legislators this year. School Board Trustee Dr. Ed Habrowski asked about one of those policy changes, which has to do with health insurance and students with chronic health conditions. “Do we have the personnel for that?” he asked. School nurses or health care workers are asked to keep records of these students.

Assistant Superintendent Allisa Schnick said the nurses do have an extra day to do record keeping but admitted this mandate will take a lot of their time.

The school board approved a construction bid for repairs to the west and south exterior walls of the high school swimming pool room. The cost is approximately $14,490, but may cost more once the work has begun as the repairs may be more extensive. The agenda stated, “Additional work may be needed and will be billed at a per unit price above and beyond the base price since it is very difficult to know the total extent of the repairs until the project is underway.”

When the pool was built, the bricks used on the exterior were not intended for the climate of the pool. The foundation is cracking and settling over the years as well. Each additional brick above the quoted work will cost $35.

Other work was approved by the board including a quote from Maris and Sons Roofing to insulate, sheet and install rubber roofing at the Corporation East building for $17,500. They also approved the company to repair an “intermittent” leak in the roof at DeMotte Elementary School for $4,500.

In personnel items, the board approved the hire of Nicholas DeJarlais for high school band/orchestra assistant director, a newly created position. The board approved adding an assistant principal position at the middle school.

Dawn Danforth was approved to instruct summer school at the intermediate school, and Kaley Kerlin was approved as fourth grade teacher for the upcoming school year at the intermediate school, pending additional paperwork.

Whitney Coldiron was approved as counselor for the middle school for the 2019-20 school year, also pending additional paperwork.

The resignation of KVHS varsity wrestling coach Mark Line was approved effective June 14. Durral hale was approved as freshman football coach for the next school year.

Having stepped down from his role as interim superintendent, the board was asked to approve Iran Floyd as volunteer assistant principal at Wheatfield Elementary. Floyd had been serving in that capacity until he stepped up once again to fill in for a superintendent until a new person was hired. He has been interim superintendent seven times for the KV School Corp.

Al Grube resigned as Clerk of the Works for the high school athletic fields project, and Ronald Stanton was hired by the board to replace him.