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PC approves ag addition bid




(Architect Craig Wright, left, shows plans for the new HS ag and IT addition to the PC Board)

A bid from Vissering Construction for an agriculture and I.T. addition to Prairie Central High School was approved by members of the Prairie Central Board of Education last week.


The board considered the base bid along with all of the alternate bids and approved them for a sum of $5,172,900. The project will be funded with County School Facilities Tax money.


Plans include a hardened space to provide shelter from storms, parking lot lighting and the installation of a new greenhouse since the existing one must come down. Tile needs to be installed as well as rooftop units with DX cooling. It will be a metal building from American Buildings.


“We found out the foundation of that (old school) building is still around,” explained district architect Craig Wright.


The school is working on easements so the drainage does not go all the way out to the creek and a retention pond is planned.


“You know how one thing leads to another – that’s where we are at,” said Superintendent Paula Crane.


Mid-August of 2024 is the anticipated completion date. Paperwork is already underway with the actual project work expected to begin in late May. In addition to ag and industrial technology, high school science lab classes will be held in the building too.


“You’ve got the best contractor in Central Illinois that I’ve ever worked with,” added Wright.


“I feel like the community support is strongly behind something like this,” noted board president Mark Slagel.


In another matter, the board approved purchasing four used Blue Bird buses from Central States Bus Sales at $84,500 each with trade-in buses for a total credit of $138,000. The Transportation Committee wants to be sure the district is replacing at least a few buses per year.


“It’s really not a good time to buy new buses,” said Crane.


A resolution was approved to transfer money from the Tort Immunity Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund to cover the football field lighting project. The transfer of $630,000 required a board resolution. A public hearing on the matter was conducted prior to the regular meeting, though no public comments were given.


“It is budgeted but we do have to take public comment,” stated Crane.


The Consolidated District Plan was approved. This is a requirement of all districts that receive money from federal grants. The plan outlines how the district determines needs, board and district goals for growth, consultation with stakeholders and how these needs are addressed.


Also at Thursday’s regular meeting the Prairie Central Board of Education:


-Approved the rates and fees schedule.


-Authorized overnight stay requests from the track teams during the state meets in Charleston on May 25-27 and May 18-20.


-Appointed Tim McGreal as President Pro Tem, which is a temporary position until the newly elected members can be seated and new officers elected. A preliminary date of May 4 at 8 p.m. is set for this meeting.


Following an executive session, the board:


·Accepted the resignation of Brooke Fenton, 6th grade teacher, effective the end of the 22-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Tucker hillier, Assistant Football Coach, effective the end of the 22-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation Katie Travis, PCP West special education teacher, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Jackie Schrader, 4th grade teacher leader, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Sierra Retter, PCE paraprofessional, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Ashley Enderli, PCJH cheer coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Michelle Curl, co-winter cheer coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Laken Barlow, co-winter cheer coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Caden Tjarks, assistant football coach and JH wrestling coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Zach Tjarks, assistant football coach and JH wrestling coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Sonia Gradberg, sophomore girls’ basketball coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Accepted the resignation of Clay Pinkham, HS cross country coach and assistant JH track coach, effective the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Appointed Michael Goodwin as HS Varsity Football Coach effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Appointed Stephen Hartke as PCJH Dean/Athletic director effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Appointed Sarah Jaime as PCP East Interventionist effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Appointed Kaylie Mason as an elementary teacher at PCP East, effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Appointed Colette Striepling as an elementary teacher at PCP East effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Appointed Madison Zimmerman as PCP special education teacher, effective the 2023-24 school year.


· Approved a transfer request from Donna Folwell to move from PCP East 1st grade to PCJH mathematics teacher.


· Approved a leave of absence for Lisa Bounds, PCUE Interventionist, from March 6, 2023 through the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Approved a leave of absence for Lynette Bazzell, PCJH social studies teacher, from March 27, 2023 through the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Approved a leave of absence for Susan Fehr, PCJH ELA teacher, from March 27, 2023 through the end of the 2022-23 school year.


· Approved an increase in the Bus Driver extra trip pay from $13/hour to $18/hour effective 4/28/2023.



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