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Hall awards excavation bid

SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School Board met in regular session Wednesday night. 

Representatives from Leopardo Construction and Healy Bender were in attendance to provide an update to the board on the school construction project.

The excavation bids were reviewed by the board and Leopardo Construction.  According to a press release from the district, Bid Package No. 1 was awarded to low bidder John Pohar and Sons of LaSalle for mass excavation for $776,884. The motion passed unanimously.

Al Humpage of the Zukowski Law Firm made a presentation to the board about TIF zones and enterprise zones. Humpage explained the school board needs to inform legislators and city officials regarding their concerns with impending TIF districts, especially residential TIF districts, which the city of Spring Valley is considering.

Superintendent Mike Struna also presented the first reading of the Fiscal Year 2013 tax levy. Residents can view the levy in Struna’s office at the school.

Struna also reported on the Vision 2015 strategic plan.  One of Struna’s goals is to raise the graduation rate from 78 percent to 90 percent by May.

In other business, Heartland Bank donated $650 to Hall High School for touchdowns scored during this football season.

The following items were approved after a closed session:

• Bob Peterlin was hired as an English teacher for the remainder of the Fiscal Year 2014 school year.

• Gina Young was hired as a cafeteria helper.

• Sara Ashby was hired as a part-time cheerleading sponsor for the remainder of the school year.

The December board meeting was moved from Dec. 18 to Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. due to the Colmone Classic.

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