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Holmes sworn in as new school board president Monday

Thursday, September 20, 2001

Members of the Alta school board swore in Wes Holmes as their new president Monday afternoon, then began work on issues ranging from the upcoming bond issue to custodial workload.

Holmes will serve a three-year term, while Dan Sliefert was chosen to be vice-president by the five-member board.

High school secretary Julia Brundeen was nominated to continue serving as board secretary and treasurer.

After hearing Dan De Wild and Linda Ducommun discuss data from the new district report card, the board then heard elementary principal Maxine Lampe and high school principal Ron Mueller discuss the beginning of their school years.

The board then began a discussion about financing of the bond issue, as Alta Superintendent Dr. Fred Maharry reported additional money would need to be raised for parking for the school.

Maharry emphasized this would not raise the total of the bond issue at all, but said it was an example of why fundraising is critical to the success of the potential project.

"We're still going to be fine in terms of the bond issue, but this does show why fundraising is so important," Maharry said. "We're not talking about any Taj Mahal here; we're talking about things we need like parking."

Fundraising would also help with possible extra projects not included in the bond issue, such as an elevated walking track above the gym.

"If someone wants a walking track, then the city or some other contributor will have to come up with some money," Maharry said. "It's that simple."

The group then moved on to the topic of custodial workloads, as the possibility of creating a part-time position to alleviate the high workloads of other custodians was discussed.

Several custodians had worked more than the 55 hours stated in their contracts, and board members agreed to limit the employees to those 55 hours for liability purposes.

To accomplish this, the option of hiring a person to work 20 to 25 hours throughout the week was presented as a possibility, with the new employee taking over hours in the evening or during events such as volleyball and basketball games.

The new hiring would be coupled by taking away hours from some custodians who desired a reduction in their workload.

There was also some discussion on a bid from Nepple Electric in Alta to install wiring in the high school building for $18,500.

The new wiring would help fix some problems with existing wiring found on the second floor of the structure.

Maharry said the board would have to decide between rewiring just the second floor, which could then pose problems for other levels of the building, or rewiring the entire structure, which could prove to be costly.

The next scheduled meeting of the school board will take place Monday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alta High School office.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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