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U-46 Board approves PE, expense proposals

By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 approved of a physical education (PE) curriculum proposal along with $1 million in expenditure proposals by a 6-0 vote, board member John Devereux was absent, at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.
  The PE proposal will add two new modules to functional fitness, strength and performance, walking for wellness and team sports officiating and coaching courses offered to high school students.
  Tracey Jakaitis, student wellness coordinator, said “this is just a continuation of the next year’s roll up” of high school courses that were approved last year.
  The total estimated cost is $58,932 for resources and professional development.
  The expenditure items included $51,000 to go to the Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE), which was founded in 2013 under former Superintendent Jose Torres and is comprised of government and business entities within U-46.
  The original intent was that the organization would be solely funded by private fundraising and in 2016, U-46 CEO Tony Sanders said that ACE “is all paid for through fundraising” with the exception of a “portion to kick it off” given by U-46. U-46 taxpayers continue to be the largest annual funder for ACE.
  The largest expenditure items were for summer projects to take place at Elgin’s Larkin High School which will be paid through the operations and maintenance fund. They include $372,129 with Kellenberger Electric, Inc. for a main electrical service project and $252,400 to LJ Morse Construction for a renovation of the nurse’s office.
  From the education fund, a proposal with TransChicago Truck Group to replace a 2009 refrigerated truck for the distribution center was approved at a cost of $124,718 as was a contract renewal with RJ Gartner Consulting costing $45,600 for telecommunication consulting services.
  A one-year contract with Maxim Healthcare $75,600 for a social worker will be paid for by the nation’s taxpayers through federal grant funds. A $37,281 (operations and maintenance fund) proposal with Vermeer Midwest will go toward purchasing a mini excavator, trencher and auger for the grounds team.
  The board also unanimously approved of $17.1 million in itemized bills.





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