(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
Remaining funds will be spent on bathrooms, bleachers…
With the development of the new track at Snyder Field nearly complete and roughly $59,000 of the levy dollars available for additional improvements, the Chewelah School Board decided to move forward with a list of additional items at their board meeting last Wednesday.
The list includes adding a second long jump and triple jump runway, replacing the sewer lines to the bathrooms, replacing stair runners and the platform of the crow’s nest and buying a set of visitors’ bleachers. Replacing the wood on the current bleachers and providing a shed for the storage of equipment also made the list. A handicap accessible water fountain will also be installed with the help of the local Lions Club who donated $3,500 towards the cost of the fountain. The list of improvements is estimated to cost the district $41,300.
One item that was not on the improvement list is the demolition and removal of a former rental property house near the track. The district stopped renting out the house earlier this year and put the house out for public bid, but the district didn’t receive any interest in the building. The cost of removing the house is estimated to be over $38,000 and is slated for discussion at a school board work session on August 16.
A dedication ceremony for the new track is planned for Sept. 29 which will include a BBQ hosted by the Kiwanas and Lions clubs.
CHEWELAH SCOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT DOWN, SCHOOL FUNDING UP
The Chewelah School District recently passed their 2017-2018 school year budget with a $300,000 increase in state funding. The total budget for the coming year is $9.5 million with expected enrollment of 780 students. District staff will receive a 2.3 percent increase in wages, bringing to total personnel costs to $8.1 million in the coming school year for 117 staff, as opposed to the $7.8 million in labor the district spent during 2016-17. Student enrollment for the district is expected to decline in the coming year by roughly 20 students from the 2016-17 enrollment of 800 students. The increase in state funding includes the wage increase and a bump in special education funding.