World Cup school reviews bid for windows

WAKEFIELD – The Wakefield-Marenisco School Board considered an offer from Nasi Construction for the district’s window replacement project during its regular session Monday.

The $ 1,164,719 offer was the only offer the district received and was over budget. The bid included $ 295,000 to replace the windows in the gym.

To keep costs down, the board decided not to replace the gym windows at this point and lowered the cost to $ 869,719.

Superintendent Jason Gustafson said he will work with Nasi Construction to find cost-saving measures so that all windows in the academic part of the school can be replaced.

The project is funded by the ESSERIII COVID relief fund. The district recently used the funds to purchase a new curriculum for grades 7-12 and elementary school math.

The board heard reports from Gustafson and school principal Brandon Makela. They said that the semester had passed very quickly, but that it was the hardest thing that they had ever experienced. Gustafson said COVID-19 concerns earlier in the semester and more recently, the threats of school violence at national and regional levels had made for a difficult semester.

The board held an exclusion hearing in closed session on a student’s disciplinary issue. After returning to the open session, the board voted to expel the student.

The board also:

– Votes for the adoption of summer tax collection agreements with the cities of Wakefield, Wakefield Township, Marenisco Township and Bessemer Township. According to Gustafson, the municipalities have been collecting taxes on behalf of the school district since 1981.

– Decided to continue his current masking mandate when students return to school on January 3rd. The mask mandate will be checked again by the board of directors at its next meeting on January 17th at 5:00 p.m. in room 107.

—Charity blacksmith

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