THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Lena School District Gets $10,000 Grant
Lena"The Lena School Board approved the hiring of Elizabeth Blazek as the new junior varsity volleyball coach during its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.
Also approved was the contracts of Craig Huberty and Pete Gard as volunteer football coaches.
The board awarded several bids as well during the meeting including the district's lawn care bid was awarded to El-Mow Lawn Service of Oconto for the next three years; the district's bread bid for the 2017-18 school year was awarded to Bimbo Bakeries USA; and the district's milk bid for the 2017-18 school year went to Dean Foods.
District Administrator/ Elementary Principal Ben Pytleski went through the first reading of 38 new or amended board policies, 37 of which were approved. A policy regarding employee sick leave for support staff still needs to be worked out before it can come to the board for approval.
In his administrator/elementary principal's report, Pytleski said that he had been contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding an erosion issue on school property resulting in a ditch forming from rain washout that the Department might wish to remedy with the planting of a grass ditch. Pytleski stated he had expressed his hesitance to spend district money on something like this that does not directly benefit students' education, but also reiterated that the district will comply with whatever they are required to do and will work to find a solution that will be of minimal or no cost to the district.
In his High/Middle School Principal's report, James Torzala stated the district had received a $10,000 grant from America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. He thanked Todd Hansen for the work he did during the application process and Amy and Randy Sobeck for nominating the school to start with. Torzala also noted that the track has been sealed and relined and that the bathrooms by the football field are nearly completed.
The board decided to move next month's meeting from Labor Day to Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The board's annual meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 18.