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PHS looks at improvement project

PRINCETON — Parking lot work, winter coaches and school visitors were among the topics discussed this week by the Princeton High School Board of Education.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board authorized Superintendent Kirk Haring to apply for school maintenance grant for the paving of the back parking lot between the school building and the football field.

Haring said the state is again looking at awarding $50,000 school maintenance matching grants, which he would like to use for the parking lot paving work. The total cost of the project would be about $100,000-$120,000, with PHS paying its portion of the project through Life Safety funds. The work is expected to be done next summer.

There is also a competitive $250,000 matching grant for which he would also like to apply, Haring said. He is working with architects on the science building roof project, as well as looking into other possible projects which could be funded with the help of the grant. Hopefully, he will have more definite information for the board at its November meeting, the superintendent said.

In other business, the board made several personnel announcements for winter coaching positions. Appointed were Jesse Brandt, head boys’ basketball coach; Michael Fredericks and Eric Tinley, assistant boys’ basketball coaches, paid; Kevin Hieronymus, head girls’ basketball coach; Josie Gustafson and Heath Terando, assistant girls’ basketball coaches, paid; Ken Musselman and Ken Wilson, assistant girls’ basketball coaches, volunteers; Steve Amy, head wrestling coach; Jesse Snyder, assistant wrestling coach, paid; and Kevin Amy and Brian Taylor, assistant wrestling coaches, volunteers.

Principal Andy Berlinski said PHS will host several visitors from other school districts in the coming weeks. Cambridge School District will send staff to PHS on Oct. 30 to observe PHS’s implementation of Google Apps for Education. The Cambridge staff, including teachers, the school’s technology director and administrators, will visit and observe classroom, office and network usage of Google. Three of the Cambridge staff had attended a workshop taught in September by Berlinski and PHS technology director Steve Morton.

Also, the Annawan School District will send three teachers on Nov. 22 to observe PHS classroom teachers, as part of Annawan’s staff development day, Berlinski said. The staff will be sent to science, social studies and art classes and paired up with teachers in those departments.

“They have requested this opportunity to observe and network with our teachers as they have heard many great things about our staff,” Berlinski said.

Board member Stephanie Van Ordstrand brought up the validity of continuing the Saturday detention program since not all the students show up for the Saturday detention.

Haring said Saturday detention is something that is reviewed each year. If a student misses a Saturday detention, the student is then given an in-school suspension, which some students seem to prefer since the student doesn’t have to get up early on a Saturday morning, Haring said.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board recognized Natalie Vujanov, JJ Vaccaro, Bryann Williams, Jacob Reinhardt, Sarah Crowe and Zach Bogatitus as October Students of the Month.

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