The Viroqua school board approved an offer at its June 20 meeting to add equipment and more than double the surface of rubber poured at the elementary school playground.
Board members accepted Minnesota Wisconsin Playground’s offer of $124,989.84. Pat Olbert, Elementary Director, said this new equipment and expanded cast rubber surface is Phase 2 of the playground project. Phase 1 was completed in 2014.
Olbert said the expanded cast rubber surface allows for greater accessibility. This will add more recess options for elementary students and begin moving the majority of equipment behind the school building for safety and better supervision over the next few years, as recommended by the study by facility planning. There are three slides of different heights and a climber among the different features. He said it’s possible the work could be done before the snow falls. Minnesota Wisconsin Playground is the same company that did the first phase.
The board accepted the resignations of fourth grade teacher Ericka Arenz and high school special education teacher Amanda Hennessy. They approved the following nominations: Stephanie Ivey, teacher at .5 Laurel High School; and Matthew Schoch, special educator.
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Mike Brendel, Director of Business Services, provided an update on Bigley Pool. He said YMCA La Crosse is happy with how everything has been going since the pool opened on June 1. Over 180 monthly subscriptions were purchased, including 141 families, nine youths and 32 adults. He said the YMCA is surprised by the number of day passes purchased.
Ryan Abing, Summer School Director, provided an update on the Summer School. He said it didn’t take long for students to learn how to navigate the college building. He said the average summer school attendance over the past decade (not including summer 2020) was 337 students; this year there were 380 students. The summer school ends on July 1.
Board members also received an update on the foodservice summer meal program. Brendel said 175 lunches were served and 150 breakfasts.
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