SPRING VALLEY — Even with the rough winter, work continues at the new Hall High School.
The Hall High School Board heard a construction update from Leopardo Construction at its meeting Wednesday evening.
Vissering Construction is currently on site performing concrete foundation work. To date, they have poured 300 linear feel of concrete footings and 80 linear feet of concrete foundation walls, with another 120 linear feet of wall to be poured this week at the academic building.
During the next couple weeks, Vissering will be finished pouring all foundation walls, pier footings, the elevator pit in Building A, the academic building, and also begin work on the large retaining wall footing that separated Buildings C/D from Building B, the athletic field house.
The work projected through the next two months includes the concrete foundation installation and commencement of structural steel and masonry installment.
Bid Package 3 which consists of fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, masonry, miscellaneous steel, roofing, doors, frames and hardware, plus aluminum windows is currently being reviewed by the project team. Bid Packages 4 and 5 comprising the rest of the project are currently in the final stages of design and are expected to be available for bidding in April or May.
The project is currently meeting its budget, schedule and performance goals.
Hall assistant principal Angie Carpenter along with health/physical education teacher Nick Hanck shared with the board how Google Documents are being used in several classes this year. This web-based program allows teachers to make assignments which the students then can access on any computer or tablet with Internet. Students can complete the assignments and submit them electronically which allows the teacher to provide immediate feedback.
Carpenter said, “Students are using their time more wisely. If they finish an assignment early, they can begin assignments from another class.” The teachers utilizing Google Documents are seeing a higher rate of homework completion than in the past.
Superintendent Mike Struna, along with several board members, attended the Education and Economic Prosperity Forum on March 11 at City Hall. This is a collaboration between Hall High School, Illinois Valley Community College and the city of Spring Valley to increase the number of students who attend college.
Jerome Corcoran, president of IVCC, shared information during the forum on the importance of students attending college. He informed the participants 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require post-secondary education and training beyond high school.
Struna and the board are committed to raising the graduation rate and providing college and career readiness for all students. Many steps have been taken in this endeavor including the implementation of a new technical career program in 2014-15, additional students attending the Area Career Center, increased academic rigor and using more technology in the classrooms.
In other business:
• There was a first reading of the school policy on concealed weapons.
• The administration is still researching the possibility of providing every incoming freshman with some sort of tablet such as an iPad but are currently leaning toward Chrome Books.
• Information on changes to the Three Rivers Conference was shared.
The board recognized the 2014 Illinois State Scholars Rachel Bezely, Becca Herrmann, Brenna Faletti, Ranay Loehr, Kaylee Golden, Nathan Tonozzi and Nick Scheri.
During closed session the board of education took action on the following items.
• Angie Carpenter was rehired as assistant principal for the 2014-15 school year.
• The following non-tenured teachers were rehired for the 2014-15 school year: Mary Drumheller, Brian Green, Bettyann Harrison, Kayleen Haslam, Ann Maller, Josiah Martin, Adam Meyer, Bob Peterlin, Joe Rue and Jessica Strouss.
• Troy Bauer was hired as industrial arts teacher for the 2014-15 school year.
• The board accepted with regret the resignation letter of Jenilyn Roether.
• Paul Quinn and John Schultz were hired as volunteer track coaches.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 23 in the library. Please note the meeting has been changed due to spring break.
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