The Shawano School board approved some adjustments that needed to be made to the HVAC project that is taking place at the High School. The School Board approved taking an additional $40,000 from the fund balance to cover the cost of additional work that would need to be completed after crews noticed a leak with the circuit setter/ isolation valves not holding. The issue was noticed after the project started. “You have to open it up for them to notice that” said Board member Al Heins. “That was not something we could have anticipated.”
The board approved the additional $40,000 which included a little cushion in case the project became more than anticipated.
The Board discussed the current Science graduation requirements which currently has students taking six prescribed classes, which leaves them unable to take advanced science classes because they cannot get into chemistry, which is a requirement for upper level science classes. The Curriculum Committee recommended waiving the Geology and Astronomy requirement for students that were planning on taking upper level sciences, giving them the chance to take chemistry and not being forced to double up on science classes. The voted to approve that recommendation.
The board approved starting a middle school co-ed soccer team which would start next year and would include grades 6-8. The Shawano team would not be in a conference right away, but it would be looked at. The athletic department is currently looking at contacting teams for scheduling.
The School board also heard from students from the Special Education Department who participated in the Goody Triathlon in Pulaski. The students mentors who helped the participants train and performed with the them that day, all received the Hawk Way Award.
The board approved 55 open enrollment applications for next school year. 8 applications were denied. Six were due to being at capacity in the special education department and two were due to other reasons.