Superintendent Ellin Lotspeich presented a School Annual Report to the Bradford school board at their March meeting. The presentation went over the District mission and goals, the schools impact on the village, and the number of students served over the years. She also discussed some of the curriculum issues and the changes that are being implemented in that area. An issue that was brought up is unfunded mandates by both the federal and state government and how they often don’t take into consideration the needs of various types of school districts. She described the changes over the years in income sources and what the district has done to implement savings where possible. Fund balances were discussed and how the district is trying to build them up to the recommended three months of operating expenses.
Capital improvements that have been completed in recent years include: remodeling of the junior high, replacement of the grade school roof and doors and the replacement windows installed this past year. It is estimated that about $1.5 million dollars of work will be needed over the next three years. Some of those items include: the heating system in the junior high and grade school, the roof at the junior high and the demolition of the old high school building.
The board recognized Speech Contest Award winner Maile Abella and noted that the Bradford Scholastic Bowl Team received fourth place in conference. The board also congratulated students of the month for February: Jessica Wright, Maile Abella and Emma Slichenmyer and for March: McKenna Birkett, Devon Kenny and Zach Piper.
Lotspeich reported to the board that she had received two bids for entry card security systems for some doors at both buildings. The bids are related to a security grant that was applied for. Once the district learns if they have received the grant, the board can decide on how they want to proceed.
Elementary Principal Chad Gripp gave an update on happenings in the school over the past month. He said that a large portion of the month was spent on testing and that the Health Department gave a presentation on dental health.
The district transportation director gave a report on his findings looking into a larger van. A 2011 12-passenger van with 35,000 miles on it was available in Dunlap for $18,900. It was estimated to get 17 miles per gallon and had no warranty other than the power train portion left. The matter was referred to the Building & Grounds Committee.
The board set a special meeting to be held April 2 to make decisions regarding resolutions of honorable dismissals.
After an executive session, the board approved a one year contract for Chad Gripp as elementary principal at his current salary. They also approved a three year contract with Paul Barry as transportation director at his current salary.