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RTHS board talks about several district issues last night

Better ways to communicate with the public, a road and utility easement project with the city, along with changes for the drop off and pick up drive concept involving students topped the discussion last night for the Rochelle Township High School Board.

School officials are still looking at the possibility of a digital sign in front of the school at a cost between $30,000 to $37,600 . Superintendent Jamie Craven said that the board is also looking at several other options to get their message out to the public.

No final decisions were made last night.

The board approved a water tower road along with utility easements with the city for the radium removal plant. The district is also looking at a parking lot in this area that would be used in the spring sports season.

Changes are also expected for the next school year where students are dropped off and picked up before and after school. The area would be located in the back of the school.

Repairing the drive and parking areas at the bus barn will cost the district $15,260. They also plan to purchase 80 new chairs for the library media center at a cost of just under 66 hundred dollars. The current chairs will be used in other areas of the building.

During the reorganizational portion of the meeting, Tom Huddleston was elected for a 9th 2-year term as board president while Jeff Tilton will be the vice president and Bill Ravnaas secretary.

Following an executive session, 5 administrators received a pay increase that will average at 2.8 percent. This did not include Craven and Athletic Director Kevin Crandall.

The RTHS board meetings will start at 5:30 beginning in May. They had been starting at 7 in the evening.

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