The Grantsburg School District showed appreciation to the Board of Education at Monday’s meeting. The board includes: Back row, left to right: Dan Ohnstad, Russ Erickson, Dave Dahlberg. Front row: Heather Jensen, Renae Rombach, Chris Erickson.

GRANTSBURG—In Monday’s meeting, the Grantsburg School Board looked toward next summer’s maintenance projects, received good news, and were thanked for their service to the community.

John Erickson of DSGW Architects came to discuss next summer’s maintenance project–the high school gymnasium flooring and bleachers. Initially part of the work slated for completion this past summer, the project was moved to 2019. Part of this was due to the time it takes from ordering bleachers to delivery- approximately five months. Erickson advised the board to review offerings from various vendors and a decision made on which materials they will order.

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Board member Jason Burkman.

As one of the highlights of the month, Principal Josh Watt reported that Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Michelle Taylor, received the Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She will be recognized later in October at the Rural School Alliance Conference. This award is for Taylor’s work with her Independent Living class. As a part of the coursework, students spend time working with children and the elderly to studying the stages of life.

As part of Wisconsin School Board Week, members of the board viewed a video created by the Art Club and Janessa Wachsmuth. The video was a moving photo collage of the board members from school events and functions. The Art Club also made thank you cards for each member, and the members also received gift cards from the District.

“I would like to add a big thank you to (the board members). There is a lot you all do in running this school, and it is appreciated, “President Dave Dahlberg said. “And hopefully, we are doing a good job in supporting the school.”

In other items

• Long range planning is still under research. There was discussion regarding the process, and the Board determined that a facility assessment would need to take place before identifying projects and direction to bring to community forums.

• The Building and Grounds committee reviewed a plan brought forth by Head Baseball Coach Pete Johnson for baseball field renovations. At this time, the committee has approved Johnson’s fencing plan and will revisit dugouts at a later date.

• The board approved the Annual Meeting Budget Publication. The School District Annual Meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 in the high school auditorium.