The construction and rennovation at South Central High School has been underway since the first week in March, however the Board of Education held their official ground breaking yesterday on the Farina Campus as Phase 1 is expected to be complete on the 7-million dollar project in just 10 weeks. Of the 7-million, the district is responsible for around 2 million and the state will add another nearly 5 million to the total project.
There will be 6 additional classrooms as well as a multi-purpose room and cafeteria on top of some much needed exterior work. Superintendent Kerry Herdes is very excited to have the work underway despite the state's lack of a budget for the 2nd year and getting projects underway that have been on the districts "to-do" list for decades.
"I'm not going to say that I'm living the dream when you are dealing with the state of Illinois and money, but I'm living a lot of principals dreams. I can look back at notes from 30 years ago and the things that were on those notes were we really need a cafeteria for the high school and we really need a multi-purpose room for the grade school. And so we are living that now and it's exciting."
The Board also heard from John Carroll of Poetttker Construction on the bid process and schedule. Carroll stated that the initial bids came in a little lower and to date, the District has saved around $30,000 in the early stages. Steve Downen of EWR Architects spoke on the interior and exterior finishes that were selected as well.
In other action the board approved donations to local ball fields for maintenance and use of the district sporting events. Lions Field $600, St Peter Ball Association, the Village of Farina and the Kinmundy Area Sports Complex each $300. The board also approved field trips for FBLA to the state convention in Springfield as well as the WYSE to a Chemistry Tournament in St Louis.
In personnel news, the board approved Gary Payne as a volunteer sponsor for the high school Bass Club for the current school year. They hired Kristi Blomberg and Timothy Bolin as a certified employees for the 2017-18 school year. The board also granted tenure to Ken Milano, Tiffany Hails and Jennifer Decker for the 2017-18 school year.