School repairs on schedule

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MEEKER I The Meeker Board of Education received a positive update on the repairs on the new elementary school, heard positive comments on their winter sports coaches from parents and accepted a $50,000 settlement agreement from Terracon Geotechnical Services at its meeting Tuesday last.
“I have good news on the progress,” Andy Stewart, owner’s representative for Meeker School District, said regarding repairs at the school. “I did a walk through today and the footings on the first floor are complete, most of the structure work on the first level is done. There is still a lot of work to do on the second floor though but the bottom line is: it’s looking good and going according to schedule.”
The board recently requested the water lines under the building be inspected and Stewart reported Action Drains ran cameras to look “at the drain lines under the building and everything is flowing smoothly.”
Ron New of The Neenan Company said communication on the site is very good and things are going well.
Wayne Muir of SCI, the structural engineering company who designed the repairs commented; “We are happy with how things are going.”
During public input, several parents spoke in support of Meeker High School basketball coach Greg Chintala and asked that he return next year.
“We hope he is retained next year to bring back some consistency to the program,” Janet Doll said. Others agreed.
Boys’ basketball coach Klark Kindler and first year head wrestling coach J.C. Watt also received positive remarks from parents.
Board members expressed appreciation for the comments. Board member Kurt Blunt suggested folks complete an online survey, which will be available on the high school’s website next week, that will be read by board members.
“We like to wait for two weeks after the season to make sure emotions, good or bad, have had a chance to settle before making the surveys available,” Meeker High School Principal George Henderson told the attendees.
The board also approved adding a statistics course to the high school curriculum but tabled action on establishing a board of directors for the new Meeker Education Foundation until the March 20 meeting.
“We need a little more time,” Mindy Burke said.
The school board will seat the board for the foundation, who will then set their own bylaws.