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Board updated on project – Views shared by manager, contractor

By Staff | Dec 13, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board on Tuesday had its first update from Roger Gilbert, the district’s representative on the middle school construction project.

The project also includes improvements and additions to Demoney Elementary and Estherville Lincoln Central High School with future improvements to the north wing of Roosevelt.

Gilbert, who began with the district Nov. 15, said work is close to being on progress despite weather changes which have included snow and freezing rain. “The masonry work has continued very well under these conditions,” Gilbert said.

He said steel erectors Tuesday began placing beams on the north side of the Demoney addition and the next phase of work will be to lay the roof deck and cover it with membrane.

Board member Don Schiltz asked contractor Steve Christensen how he felt about building progress.

“We’re not really happy with where we’re at,” Christensen said, referring to delays this fall due to rain.

The board approved a change in the high school student handbook addressing cell phones. The previous policy was that no cell phones would be allowed in the building.

The new policy applies if cell phone use is disruptive. The policy reads as follows:

n First offense. The cell phone is taken away and the student must pick the cell phone up from the principal or disciplinarian at the end of the school day.

n Second offense. The cell phone is taken away and the parent must pick up the cell phone from the principal or disciplinarian however long that takes.

n Third and subsequent offenses. The cell phone is taken away and a parent conference will be scheduled. The student may also be issued an in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or detentions.

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