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By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved working with CESA 10 on a cost analysis of potential big-ticket items in the school district.
The school board approved working with CESA 10 on the cost analysis at the February 18 meeting.
The projects are part of the school district’s strategic plan, and the cost of the projects would be beyond the ability of the school district’s budget to pay for those items, said Eric Wright, district administrator.
CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency.
The first step in attempting to complete the projects, if that is what the school district residents want to do, is to obtain an accurate cost, Wright said.
Some of the roofs on the school buildings are 25 years old, and the boilers are 20 to 25 years old, he noted.
Regular maintenance can only go so far in the life of certain items, and then the discussion must turn to whether those items should be replaced, Wright said.
The Elk Mound school district will be paying off some of its debt in the near future, he said.
Once an accurate cost is obtained, the information will be taken to the residents of the school district to find out what they might be willing to support, Wright said.
If school district residents want to support replacing those items, the projects could go to a referendum vote, but a referendum would not be held until April of 2020 at the earliest, he said.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Approved Cameron Johnson as the Higher Education Arts Board scholarship winner.
• Approved the audit contract with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP for the 2018-2019 school year at a cost of $11,800 to $13,750.
• Accepted a bid for a new bus from Mid State Truck Service out of Marshfield in the amount of $77,794 for a 2019, 72 passenger bus. The school district received three bids all together.
• Approved property transfers related to a situation discovered last summer in the land records division of Eau Claire Planning and Development where there were 16 questionable properties all together as to whether they belong to the Eau Claire school district or the Elk Mound school district. Two properties had been in the Elk Mound school district but properly belonged in Eau Claire and asked to be returned to the Elk Mound district, which the Elk Mound Board of Education approved. The school board denied a request by two other properties that were in the Eau Claire district but properly belonged in the Elk Mound district and were asking to return to Eau Claire.
• Learned that Elk Mound High School will be holding a band and choir concert at 7 p.m. March 21.
• Learned that the Elk Mound High School play, which had been scheduled for performances March 22 and 23, has been rescheduled to April 5 and 6 due to play practices being cancelled because of inclement weather.