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Hall is right on schedule

Attendance improving at Hall

SPRING VALLEY — Work on the new Hall High School is on schedule, even with several days of bad weather.

Damian Eallonardo from Leopardo Construction updated the board at Wednesday night’s meeting. Mass excavation is currently 90 percent complete. The mass excavation contractor, John Pohar and Sons, expects to complete work on the building pad by Jan. 24.

The board awarded contracts for bid Package 2. Vissering Construction of Streator was awarded the contracts for concrete foundations in the amount of $2,350,000, precast wall panels in the amount of $1,507,000 and structural steel in the amount of $1,900,000. Sterling Roofing was awarded the contract for waterproofing for $52,340, and Thyssen Krupp was awarded the contract for the elevator for $62,600.

Bid Packages 1 and 2 comprise 27.9 percent of the overall value of the subcontracts. The bidding process for bid Package 3, comprising 54.3 percent of the overall project value is anticipated to be available for trade contractor bidding on Feb. 5 with bids tentatively due on Feb. 27. Bid Package 3 includes fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, masonry, carpentry, roofing, doors, frames and hardware, aluminum windows and site improvements. Bid Packages 4 and 5, which is to finish the project, are currently in the design stage and expected to be available for bidding in spring of 2014.

Eallonardo said, “The project is currently meeting its budget, schedule and performance goals.”

The board also heard academic data from Assistant Principal Angie Carpenter. Forty-three students were enrolled in Core English and 56 students in Core Math during the 2012-13 school year, but most were able to transition to regular sophomore English classes this school year. Core classes are for students who score low on placement tests. The classes provide students with two periods of English or math as a freshman to prepare for sophomore classes. Grades indicate that Core English and math classes are working.

Principal Eric Bryant provided the board with attendance, discipline and enrollment reports for the fall semester. Attendance rates are improving this school year. Absence rate was 5.09 percent in Semester 1 of last school year in comparison to 4.68 percent in Semester 1 of this school year. Carpenter and Bryant both indicated there is a direct correlation to better grades with a better attendance rate.

Many interventions have been implemented to help with discipline problems, including letters to parents, conferences with parents, and calls home. It is the board’s hope these interventions will decrease the number of students being brought to the school board’s attention.

Currently there are 402 students registered at Hall which is an increase of 15 students from the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Mike Struna indicated this year 41 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Hall High School will need to implement a breakfast program next year.

In other business:

• Shelly Samolinski of Dakota Street Insurance presented the board with information regarding Property and Casualty Insurance.

• Superintendent Mike Struna gave a presentation on Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Assessment (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

• The board also heard an update on the new vocational technology class for the 2014-15 school year.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the library.

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