Litchfield School Board Gets Update On Building

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Members of the Litchfield School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday evening, June 2, in the Litchfield High School library for an update on the new second through fifth grade elementary school building.

Representatives from FGM Architects and Poettker Construction were on hand to share progress with the board.

Superintendent Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau said nothing has changed in the schematic of the building, adding that the design of the playground is coming along. He said they are planning the exterior of the building to be pre-cast concrete and brick.

The architects will bring brick samples to the regular June meeting for the board to see, along with more specific design of what the exterior will look like.

Dr. Fuerstenau added that they made a couple of adjustments inside to the restrooms. They also moved the principal’s office to the front of the building, and the conference room to the back, so the building administrator has a view of student drop-off.

They also discussed storage in the classrooms. Fourth and fifth grade students will have lockers, while second and third graders will have cubbies. Teachers will have additional storage in each classroom.

Also at the next regular meeting, the board will get an update on the timeline for the project. Representatives hope to start construction this fall, and will go out for bid later this summer. Dr. Fuerstenau said they may pre-bid the pre-cast concrete and steel as it may take longer to get those materials.

Dr. Fuerstenau said the district continues to work with Ameren on test wells on soil on the project site. Over the proposed parking lot, they will need to mitigate the soil and bring in new soil before constructing the parking lot. Dr. Fuerstenau added there are no issues with the soil over where the school building will be. Ameren will be working with the Environmental Protection Agency on this project.

In a final note, Dr. Fuerstenau said representatives from Poettker Construction said the project remains on budget.

Personnel

After the update, the board spent nearly an hour and a half in closed session.

They approved the family medical leave request for Victoria Knoche, high school special education teacher from Sept. 10 through Oct. 21.

Board members approved Patrice Corso as a volunteer coach for the girls basketball program. Board member Gregg Hires voted present.

They approved the hire of Britney Murphy as high school head cheer coach and Heidi Hulliung as pre-kindergarten classroom aide. The board hired Leanne Tumpach as an instructional tutor at Russell School and Marcia Hartel as a special education classroom aide at Russell School.

Board members voted to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m. They will hold their regular June board meeting on Thursday evening, June 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at Sihler School. The meeting starts with a public hearing to amend the budget.

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