School parking lots finished, in use
The Fairfield High School renovation project is on schedule to let bids at the end of January, district auxiliary director Fred McElwee told the school board Monday.
The high school’s new parking lot is completed and being used and the south parking lot has been paved and is in use, still awaiting markings.
“We also still need to get the lighting on the west end,” said McElwee. “We’re very pleased with the contractor.
“We’ve had several meetings with the architect, engineers and the construction management team about the renovation,” he said. “We’re working on the phasing and scheduling of work and developing color schemes. We’re still on schedule to have an August 2015 completion date.”
The district made its first semi-annual payment on the general obligation bond for the FHS project this month, for $99,802. Business manager Kim Sheets said it was all interest, no principal in this first installment.
Sheets said implementing the Affordable Care Act has taken a large amount of time this month, as the act goes into effect Jan. 1. She told the school board the act implements fees as part of the health care reform.
“Of course the district will pay the fees for full-time employees as part of the employee benefit package,” said Sheets. “But we have to pass on the fees for covered dependents to those employees who purchase family coverage.”
Insurance fees are assessed on each covered member, which for the district is $14.25 monthly per covered member.
“That can be a big impact for employees with four or five dependents,” said Sheets. “I’ve emailed everyone and haven’t heard back from anyone, so I hope they understand.”
In other business Monday, the school board:
• Approved personnel actions to hire Cheri Taglauer as custodian at Fairfield Middle School at $11.27 per hour, to replace John Holmes, who resigned.
• Approved two volunteer coaches, Chad Setterstrom and Kyle Foreman, both for wrestling.
• Selected from a slate of two candidates, George Walker on the Fort Madison Community school board and Alka Khanolkar on the Keokuk Community school board, to represent District 9 for a three-year term on the Iowa Association of School Boards, board of directors. Incumbent Walker received all seven of Fairfield school board’s votes.