School board approves facility upgrades to improve safety of students and staff

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Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Community Schools will be dumping nearly $1 million into improving and updating the district’s facilities this summer.

Superintendent Mike Fisher calls the amount healthy for the size and need of the district.

 

The district is allocating $844,131 dollars for 19 different projects from replacing parts of roofs to putting in sidewalls and leasing building spaces.

The money comes from the physical plant and equipment money levy and the one-cent sales tax increase the state has specifically ear marked for facility improvements.

 

Fisher says the district will begin with projects that help improve the safety of the district.  Then they will move toward updating facilities.

 

In other board news:

The board also approved replacing parts of the roof on the high school and Washington buildings.

The district will be receiving wireless access points, network switches and uninterruptible power supplies from the internal technology connection project.  The cost is $250,000 but e-rate funding could discount the project leaving $77,500 left will come from the PPEL  funding.

The board will lobby the state legislature with surrounding school districts on February 15.

The board approved an application for a modified supplemental account for dropout prevention programs.  It will generate additional property taxes to pay for at-risk services for students such as the dropout specialist, guidance services, school based youth service and the Carrie Lane Alternative program.

The modified budget is $421,380, 75 percent of the total.