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By Carmen Ensinger
Carrollton Superintendent Mark Halwachs reported to the board at the Aug. 15 board meeting that the grade school HVAC project was farther along than what he had projected at the July board meeting.
Halwachs had projected a delay in the project due to trucking issues saying that the HVAC units would not be arriving until the end of August.
“Actually, the units started arriving in late July and they started installing them starting at the classrooms on the north end,” he said. “They have the north end and the administrative office complete. Right now they are a little over 50 percent complete. There are a total of 28 units they are replacing.”
With school in session now, installation has been stalled.
“The plan right now is for the installers to come back in over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and be completed before the new year,” Halwachs said. “Hopefully, they will have this knocked out sometime in December while we are off.”
Halwachs said the district started receiving their real estate taxes.
“We got a small check last week and we received another rather large penny sales tax check which was close to $20,000 this month,” he said. “Approximately $12,000 of this penny sales tax revenue for the next 15 years will be spent on renovations at the high school to help offset the asbestos abatement. Revenue from this tax gives us the opportunity to do more projects.”
Halwachs said he received a rather large Freedom of Information request for a former employee that was employed by the district in 2009-10.
“They were asking for a lot of vague, generic information,” Halwachs said. “The only thing approved was one thing they asked for. Everything else was denied. They have the right to appeal to the Attorney General, so we will see what happens.”
The board approved a Safe Return to School Plan – a requirement by the Federal Government.
“Since we received three ESSER grants total around $1.5 million in grant funds, the Federal Government requires you to pass a resolution on your safe return to school and in person instruction,” Halwachs said. “The State’s view is to have in person learning. They don’t want district’s shutting down. In our plan, it says masks are recommended but they are not required. For remote learning, you have to be quarantined or have a medical reason to go on remote learning.”
After a 45-minute closed session, the board returned to open session and accepted a multitude of resignations and then approved numerous new hires, including the appointment of a new athletic director.
The district’s new athletic director will be Dylan Barnett. Barnett was hired last month to be the new math teacher at the grade school. He will take over the position from Jim Caldwell, who was appointed last month, who took over the position from Josh Lemond who resigned after only a year at Carrollton.
Among the resignations accepted were:
■ Jim Caldwell – Athletic Director.
■ Erica Kennington – Middle School social studies.
■ Jaris Dalman, KaCee Stewart and Stephanie Warren – Grade School teachers.
■ Erin Weinman – Teacher Assistant.
■ Deborah Miller – High School special education.
■ Lisa Robinson – Middle School math.
Employed by the district were:
■ Dylan Barnett – Athletic Director.
■ Michaela Shanks – Teacher Assistant.
■ Michael West – Custodian.
■ Kristine Stanley, Justin Johnson and Breeanna Moore – Grade School teachers.
Volunteer coaches approved were:
■ Douglas Steinkueler – Volunteer Middle School Head Golf Coach.
■ Anne Clough – High School Head Golf Coach.
■ Kenny Kallal – High School Assistant Golf Coach.
■ Jim Cox – High School/Middle School Head Trap Shooting Coach.
■ Clayton Whitlock – High School/Middle School Assistant Trap Shooting Coach.