School Board OKs kitchen renovations, job descriptions

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BELOIT - The School District of Beloit approved kitchen renovations, the purchase of a salt shed and four job descriptions at its Tuesday evening meeting.

The board approved CRM's bid of $415,517 for the purchase of kitchen equipment; Hendricksen's bid of $253,157 to purchase new cafeteria furniture for Aldrich's and Cunningham's cafeterias; and Klobucar Construction's bid of $68,980 for Beloit Memorial High School's kitchen remodel, according to information from Board of Education President Pam Charles in an interview after the meeting.

The kitchen-related projects are to be funded through Fund 50, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Food Service Fund which is money provided by the National School Lunch Program. DPI allows a district's food service fund balance to be used on non-instructional, cafeteria and kitchen upgrades. The School District of Beloit received a letter from the DPI stating that it had to spend excess Fund 50 resources, which allowed the district to develop these projects.

"The federal government funds this account through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Through this program, we are reimbursed for each meal served. When reimbursement is greater than the actual meal costs, we are able to use the remainder for other food service needs, such as cafeterias and kitchens, without any effect on our local property taxes," Charles said.

The board also approved Corporate Contractor Inc.'s bid to build a salt shed for $91,062.

The district does not have a salt shed, and it plans to build one next to its maintenance shop on Madison Road, according to a report from the district's Director of Facilities Sean Winters in the board packet. His report stated the district typically goes through 66 tons of road salt a year. It cuts open 50-pound bags of salt and dumps it into the salt spreaders. It's not only labor intensive, but the bagged salt is also more expensive. The district went through 264 tons of salt this past winter.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board also approved the job descriptions for the following positions: director of instructional leadership, equity and accountability; instructional technology coordinator; instructional leadership coordinator and academic interventionist.

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