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U-46 Board certifies high school graduate list


By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 approved the list of 2018 high school graduates as well as an itemized bills list totaling $18.1 million on Monday, Sept. 10. The votes were 6-0, board member Phil Costello was absent for the votes.
  The vote regarding graduates was to certify the list of the class of 2018 graduates from the district’s five high schools, and it is an annual vote.
  “It’s a requirement by state law that the board of education approve all high school graduates,” said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders.
  Prior to the meeting, both Costello and board member Jeanette Ward inquired about certain items from the itemized bills and accounts by vendor lists. Both asked about payments to Office Depot.
  Ward asked about the $647,014 to Office Depot under the accounts by vendor list and Costello about the $697,290 to Office Depot under the assets and liabilities fund portion of the itemized bills list.
  To both inquiries, the district responded: “The transaction was for 5,770 desks and chairs for middle schools and high schools.”
  In June, the board approved a $628,919 expenditure proposal with Office Depot to purchase 5,770 chairs and 5,650 desks for secondary schools.
  Costello also asked for the justification for disbursements of $358,640 to Mesirow Insurance Services, Inc. and $5,600 to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
  The MSOE disbursement was to fund five teachers to receive Project Lead the Way training according to the district.
  Regarding Mesirow, the district responded that the “disbursement is for the annual Commercial Property Insurance renewal.”
  On Aug. 6, the board approved of a $358,640 expenditure proposal with Continental National American regarding the district’s property insurance policy.
  Costello also asked before the meeting for an update on the cost of the surety bonds, which U-46 officials called essentially an annual insurance policy the district must take under state law in early August when the board approved a resolution regarding the surety bond.
  Jeff King, chief operating officer, said when asked by Costello at the time of the resolution vote that he was unsure of the total cost but thought it “was just over $50,000.”
  The cost was higher, the district responding on Sept. 10 that “the cost to acquire the Surety Bond was $80,000 and the same was through Liberty Mutual.”

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