Brookwood school trustee balks at paying for new carpeting

2013-01-20T20:30:00Z 2013-01-20T21:15:05Z Brookwood school trustee balks at paying for new carpetingPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 20, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The issue of whether to put new carpeting in an old school dominated much of the discussion at Monday's Brookwood Elementary District 167 School Board meeting.

Board member Lorrie Wheeler said the Building and Grounds Committee recommended the board review quotes and select a vendor to install new carpeting at Brookwood Middle School.

Wheeler said the board previously approved a budget of $12,000 for new carpeting and other work to be completed at the school.

Board President Melinda Plott said the board approved the funds prior to voter approval of a referendum in November. That referendum allowed the district to proceed with the sale of bonds to raise money for a new middle school, which is expected to open in fall 2015.

Board member Arthur Taylor said unless it is a safety issue, he refuses to put money into a school that will not be standing much longer.

"I have a problem with that," Taylor said. "That's just throwing money away."

Wheeler said the new carpeting would only be for the school's learning center.

"We're not talking about the whole school," Wheeler said. "We're talking under $2,000."

Hilary Myrick-Winston, a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, recommended that board members who have not seen the carpet examine it before ultimately deciding if a quote for new carpeting will be accepted.

"The library carpet is very worn in the area where the children enter and exit," Myrick-Winston said.

The agenda for Monday's meeting indicated there would be discussion regarding the district's five-year financial plan. However, Superintendent Pamela Hollich said the decision was made to move that item to next month's agenda.

"There are some significant situations that may be coming forward in the next few weeks now that the new General Assembly has been seated," Hollich said.

Hollich said it is rumored the amount of general state aid to be received by the district next year will be reduced, and there is also concern school districts will have to pick up at least a portion of pension payments currently paid by the state.

"I do believe that between now and May that we will hear and that there will be some kind of pension reform that is passed," Hollich said.

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