CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional high schools here and in Lansing were closed Monday and Tuesday due to severe weather, yet that did not stop the District 215 School Board from meeting Tuesday to conduct its business.
District Finance Director Charles DiMartino said it was important for the School Board to meet as scheduled because there were still bills that needed to be paid which require board approval.
“We send out the checks once the board gives its approval,” DiMartino said. “If the board didn’t meet, we would be waiting until a later date to try to pay our bills. That could become a problem.”
For the record, the School Board voted 7-0 Tuesday to pay $1.47 million in bills for areas ranging from education to transportation to operations and maintenance. They also approved $2.4 million in payroll — of which $2.25 million was for faculty and education-related expenses.
There also was $347,686.98 approved for health insurance claims filed during the past month.
The School Board also approved awarding three consulting contracts — one of $14,688 for a nurse who will work at both T.F. North and T.F. South high schools. The others are for assistants who will work with the band programs at both high schools.
For T.F. South in Lansing, the district will pay $2,500 to David Allie, the longtime band director at Memorial Junior High School who recently retired from his position.
The School Board also approved a $2,500 contract to Dance Party DJs, which will provide music at the T.F. South Turnabout Dance on Feb. 8. Officials also voted to accept a $1,356 grant from the Gen YOUth Foundation for a Fuel Up to Play 60 program related to childhood obesity at T.F. South.
School Board officials also adopted a calendar for approving the budget for the 2014-15 academic year, along with a 2014 tax levy.
School Board members will receive preliminary financial information on Aug. 5, give final approval for a budget on Sept. 23 and are to approve the tax levy on Nov. 25.