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New bleachers on the way


Last summer's PC football scrimmage is shown at PCHS.

A bid for new bleachers was approved by the Prairie Central Board of Education during the group’s regular February meeting held last week in Fairbury.


The bid was awarded to Vissering Construction Company in the amount of $541,600, according to information provided by Superintendent Paula Crane following the meeting. Two alternate bids were also accepted, including an extended sidewalk for $25,300 and blue powder coating for the bleachers at $3,200.


Work is expected to start in May with completion targeted for Aug. 10.


Also at the recent meeting, Ken’s Oil Service was awarded a fuel bid for 40,000 gallons of bio-diesel for $2.308 per gallon of two percent bio-diesel and $2.315 per gallon for five percent bio-diesel.


Under new business, a “Model 2” school calendar was authorized for the 2020-21 school year with a calendar start date of Aug. 17 for teacher’s institute with the first day of student attendance Aug. 24. First semester would end Dec. 22 with the year ending with institute on May 28, barring the use of emergency days.


Board members approved opening bids for four roofs needing replacement. Two are on the Primary West building with the other two on the High School. The roofs will be replaced over the summer.


In another matter, the board learned about a company known as “Apptegy” which the district will contract with to develop a new mobile app and website for Prairie Central. This app will be free to users, providing updated information about the district and its schools. The information can be managed by administrators and teachers via computer or mobile phone. Alerts can also be sent through text, voice or e-mail.


The group also approved a field trip for the PCHS FFA Dairy Judging Team to represent the United States this summer at competitions in Scotland and England. Also, the regular March meeting was moved to Tuesday, March 17 and the consent agenda was approved.


Following an executive session, the following personnel items were approved:


-Robin Behrends was appointed PCJH track coach effective Feb. 21.


-Anthony Trippichio was appointed PCP East custodian effective Feb. 21.


-Mary Ann Harper was appointed PCUE special education teacher.


-Matt Razo was appointed JV baseball coach.


-Austin Wenger was named PCHS athletic director effective for the 2020-21 school year with the board accepting the resignation of Chris Harper as AD effective at the end of the 2019-20 year.


-Morgan Robar was appointed PCJH math teacher effective with the 2020-21 school year.


-Accepted resignations of Tom Ellis (bus driver), Scott Peterson (HS cross country coach) and Marie Weiser (PCE café worker).


-Accepted the resignations, with the intent to retire, of: Sandy Gonzalez (PCE head cook), Lisa Gibson (PCE café worker) and Tammy Sanders (PCE café worker).

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