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The USD 415 School Board met on Monday evening, and after a series of Executive Sessions, voted to approve a 4 percent raise for classified staff and administrative employees.

Negotiations with certified staff are ongoing, as the school district seeks to finalize the master agreement.

After hearing a bid for updated phone systems and service from Rainbow Communications last month, the Hiawatha School Board felt taxpayers would be best served if they requested a second bid for the sake of comparison.

WANSecurity answered the call and presented a bid package at Monday evening’s meeting. With contrasting start-up and recurring fees, the board questioned both groups for a time, before coming to the decision to approve the Rainbow bid. The install process, which will include new wiring in some locations, will run $14,126.60, while the recurring monthly fee will be $4,240, which does also include the school’s internet service, phone lease, fax services and federal and state taxes. Board Clerk Sarah Windmeyer clarified that Rainbow’s bid could be reduced based on variables during the installation process.

The board also held a public hearing for the 2019-2020 budget, which had been previously published. No comments were made by the public, and the board voted to approve the budget as proposed, which includes a decreased mill levy.

The board also voted to approve the Consent Agenda, which included approving trip requests for the HHS band to Falls City, Baker University and Holton, as well as accepting the resignation of Karl Kliewer as HHS assistant boys basketball coach, and approving the hiring of Stacey Hollens as HES Para and crossing guard, Matt Lock as HMS assistant boys basketball coach and Denise Elffner and Brian Lillie as sponsors of HMS Science Olympiad.

District Maintenance Director Matt Cluck addressed the board, as well, speaking first about the Miami Street project, and how it would affect the Hiawatha Elementary School moving forward. Cluck said he has been in regular contact with the city, and that with the street poured last Tuesday, it will be ready by the time buses are needed on Wednesday. Cluck also stated that the plan, as of now, is for AHRS to move to 6th Street before finishing the rest of Miami.

Cluck also presented the lone bid to repair the roof and gutters at the bus barn. There was some discussion of a cheaper, but more short term solution, but the board eventually voted to approve the $31,697.56 bid. Cluck also said the stage lighting should be completed this week, that the bus barn plug-ins will be completed this week, and that the bleachers and scorers table at the middle table are on schedule.

Cluck said that a jogger had recently reported bubbles in the new track surface, and that he had contact the installation company, who would come down and repair the issue.

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