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Loizzo said that the Beaver Dam Unified School District staff pays well over what many other districts do in the state.

➜ The board will vote on a consent agenda, which includes the approval of minutes of previous meetings; the affirmation of staff resignations; the approval of donations to the school district; a "budget-to-actual" report; a high school guidance office report; and the approval of 2018 summer maintenance projects. Schools without sixth- and seventh-grade students would have the same renovation or replacement cost as Scenario 1.

Also at the school board meeting, the board approved the JROTC Academic Bowl Championship Trip and Cadet Leadership Camp.

Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland have driven home the need for increased security at schools across the nation.

Rich Robertson served as a spokesman for the group, asking the board a series of questions opponents of the project came up with at a meeting last week.

During the 2017-18 school year, 154 students were registered in the program throughout Jefferson County and given the opportunity to explore apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of fields including agriculture, health service, business education, auto technology, finance, drafting and design, food service, hospitality and tourism.

"We're committed to doing a thorough job and really want to get the best person for our district at this time", she said.

Unless his employment ends, the contract would be automatically extended by one year to June 30, 2021. Fennelly also echoed Ragsdale's latter point, but said it is also important for Brand to address the district's public relations.

Instead, Monday night school board members laid out a timeline they'll follow as they make a decision. "And I think they have to open up communications with parents. Our school system is the future".

On the issue of school safety, all three candidates agreed that permanent metal detectors should not be in the schools, there should be school resource officers and that teachers should not be armed with firearms.

Budget projections show $33.8 million in revenue coming from local sources, $39.6 million from state revenue and $2.8 million from federal revenue.

"We would like as much participation as possible", board chair Chris Cronin said.

The amendment to cut $72,000 from the original proposal then was approved.

PPI estimated a cost of $1.5 million for athletic field work and overall site work done at Abbeville and Dixie high schools, but the board requested that estimate be increased to $4 million as a precaution against underestimating.

The council plans to take a second reading on the school budget on April 23, at the back room of the fire station.


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