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May 16, 2012

Hulbert to add new AC units

TAHLEQUAH — The Hulbert School Board of Education approved final paperwork for a lease-purchase agreement with the Bank of Cherokee County that will provide air conditioning units to various campus buildings.

Due to the start of volleyball season in the summer, the high school gymnasium will be the first building to receive new a new AC unit, said Superintendent Dr. David Wilkins.

“Then we will put a unit [in the high school auditorium],” said Wilkins. “We want to get that done before it gets too hot because volleyball starts up in the summer.”

Wilkins said the lease-purchase is on a five-year schedule, with monthly payments of $2,200.

The Hulbert superintendent added that once AC units have been installed in buildings needing the upgrade, the lease-purchase contract will   allow for roof work on the high school auditorium. A leaky roof has caused water damage to classrooms in the building.

A contract with Custom Construction Design for capital improvements to HPS was also approved, though board Vice President Linda Baker abstained from the vote.

As the meeting’s only noted public comment agenda item, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Keys Public Schools Resource Officer Bob Lewandowski presented the school resource officer program to the board for its consideration.

“It’s a program we’ve had at Keys for about six years now,” said Lewandowski. “It’s been a real positive aspect to our programs there. A lot of times these kids don’t have anybody in their home life who is a positive role model.”

Lewandowski said the school resource officer would receive certification through training and would help enforce school policy and rules, as well as serving as a liaison between the school and law-enforcement agencies.

In working with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department in this program, the resource officer is supplied with a car, access to gasoline, and a commission. Lewandowski told the board because of these provisions, the sheriff’s department wants to have a hand in selecting the individual for the school-site job.

The board convened into executive session to discuss contracts for the superintendent, elementary principal, and high school principal.

Other executive session items included accepting the letter of resignation from Janet Bufford and from Katy Wallace as junior high cheer coach.  The need to hire a high school math teacher was also discussed.

Contact was made with Wilkins on the executive session agenda, but his feedback was unavailable at press time.

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