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By Carissa Sitki
The Jersey Community Unit School District 100 Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The Board approved a bid for the Jersey Community High School (JCHS) chiller replacement. The low bid was $134,320. The bid comes in nearly $50,000 less than the district architect’s estimated cost of $183,400 for the project.
According to Superintendent Brad Tuttle, the district was having to do a lot of work on the chiller last year during the extreme heat and had to order parts from Australia. “[The chiller is] on its last leg,” he said.
The Board heard the Fiscal Year 2021 annual audit report presentation given by Crystal Buck of Scheffel Boyle. The Board approved the report, with Board member Dave Bryden abstaining from the vote.
In other action, the Board approved: the resolution for the establishment of the tax levy; risk management plan; Health-Life-Safety Amendment— JCHS roof replacement; Health-Life-Safety— JCHS Chiller Replacement; and 10 Year Health-Life-Safety— East Elementary.
Several members of the community called into the meeting, during public comments, to voice concerns regarding COVID-19 restrictions, some of whom implored the Board to unmask students and fight back against the state’s mandates. One parent, Jessica Friedel, expressed her frustration with the Covid mandates, the continued masking of students, and the adjusted structure of the Board meetings. Another parent called to encourage the Board to pursue legal action against the State regarding the mask mandates.
The following announcements were made: Friday, Dec. 10, will be a 2 p.m. dismissal; Thursday, Dec. 16, is the next regular Board of Education meeting at 6:15 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 17, is the last day before Christmas break, the end of the second quarter.