Thanks to finding a little extra income available in its renovation budget, the Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Education approved a request by Superintendent Don DeWeese Tuesday night that will allow the board to get just about everything on their wish list for the Frankfort High School Renovation Project.
“We currently have $331,847.56 unencumbered for the FHS Renovation Project,” said DeWese. “This number includes the interest earned from our investments. Using the Board’s remaining priority list, I have listed the following proposal for your consideration.”
DeWeese’s proposal was as follows: pool windows (2) with double doors, $70,000; auditorium upgrades, $45,000; pool locker room upgrades, $40,000; construction lab upgrades, $75,000; create storage room near Case Arena, $51,000; and electronic sign, fiber cable and control panel, $50,000.
DeWeese added the only things on the board’s list what will not included in the project are new pool lighting along with additional furniture in the Media Center and miscellaneous furniture in the school. DeWeese said the reason for the pool lighting be omitted was it cost which was $198,000.
DeWeese also said they have scheduled a public open house on Tuesday, August 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. for individuals who want to take a look at the renovations and tour the high school.
In other news, DeWeese presented the 2018 budget information to the board. A breakdown of the budget is as follows: General Fund, $23,446,939; Debt Service, $3,566,340.74; Pension Debt Service, $357,541; Referendum Debt (Exempt), $2,174,000; Capital Projects, $2,739,050; Transportation, $899,806; and Purchase of Buses, $255,000.
A public hearing on the budget was scheduled for the September 12 board meeting.
It didn’t take the district very long to find a new assistant principal at Frankfort High School as former teacher and lifelong Frankfort resident Cindy Long was named to the position. She replaces Kirsten Clark, who was named as the new principal at Clinton Prairie Junior-Senior High School last week.
Long left the district last year when she took an assistant principal position at Western High School. DeWeese said they had about 40 applicants for the position.