04-30-2020 Hartford School Board “Zooms” April business; Kute Kid; Edward Jones Financial Advisor sp

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Hartford School Board “Zooms” April business

By Jon Bisnett Meeting online via Zoom on Monday, April 20, the Hartford School Board conducted its monthly business session accepting a major construction bid, and accepting the resignation of its president. Finance Normal monthly bills were paid. Business Manager Rebecca Drake noted the untypical purchase of nine pallets of paper in preparation for the coming distribution of educational packets during the distance learning to be implemented shortly. Drake is tracking all additional expenses attributed to the new COVID-19 protocols. Business The board unanimously approved a resolution recommended by district council, Thrun Law Firm that suspends all Board Policies that conflict with any existing or future Executive Orders. Specifically mentioned were exceptions to the Open Meetings Act in terms of voting electronically by board members and interviewing board candidates. The board additionally approved policy updates to the Tobacco and Wellness Policy – Wellness 8510 and Tobacco 1615, 3215, 4215, 5512, 7434. Construction Bid The board awarded the Middle School Restroom Remodeling Project to the bid of $178,000 from Pearson Construction of Benton Harbor. Total cost of the project including 20% contingency and fees is $230,104. This project will completely remodel four existing gang restrooms, two located adjacent to band and choir rooms and the others at the auditorium / cafeteria entrance. Bond payments due on May 1 were approved as follows: $275,955 on the 2014 Refunding Bonds and $522,246.98 on the 2015 Building Bonds. Board Reports Board President Ben Chambers has now moved out of the area and as a result formally tendered his resignation concluding over 11 years of service on the board. Per policy, Vice President Mike Banic will advance to the chair and the board will seek to appoint a new trustee to fill the vacancy. Chambers reflected on the past decade expressing sincere thanks to his family, fellow board members, the Tri-City Record and gave high praise to Superintendent Hubbard; closing with the following remarks: “So, as I officially lay down the gavel tonight for the last time, I leave you with this: Thank you to the community for letting me serve in my role for the last 11-1/2 years. Thank you to the friendship of my fellow board members and for your hard work and dedication. Please allow Andy and his team to do the jobs they have been hired and trained to do, support them along this journey and continue to properly hold them accountable and ask the questions you need to make a proper decision. As we all have been told from day one: make your decision based on this one simple question: ‘How does this affect students & learning?’ If you use this guide and base your decisions off this one simple question, you will be doing the right thing. I am looking forward to the next chapter on this journey called life, this was not an easy decision for me but it’s the correct one for me and my family. I will always and forever be an Indian and bleed Green & White.” Superintendent Report Superintendent Andy Hubbard began with a sincere thanks to Ben Chambers for his commitment to Hartford Public Schools for the last 11-1/2 years. Thank you was also extended to the food service, transportation, custodial, and secretarial staff along with all of the countless volunteers for their dedication to the children of the Hartford community by jumping in to do whatever it takes as they continue to provide 6,000 breakfasts and 6,000 lunches to their children each and every week. The District Continuity of Learning Plan has been submitted and approved by the local Van Buren Intermediate School District and uploaded to the State Department of Education, paving the way for deployment in the coming week. A special thank you went out to Curriculum Director Brad Geesaman and VBISD facilitator Geanice Miller, for all their hard work in creating the COL plan. The educational materials and packets are being created and will go out for distribution on April 27. Hubbard also announced that all spring sports coaches will be compensated 100% of their normal pay. They won’t be needing their whistles this season as their job descriptions will change in a major way under COVID-19 rules, as they are now tasked with the major project of locker clean out and distribution of personal belongings for the high school and middle school students. Hubbard concluded by tou