The Carlyle School District Board of Education inked several contract agreements at their July 27 meeting at the high school.
School Board President Aaron Heinzmann called for a moment of silence in remembrance of Savanna, 17, and Brooke-Lynn Broughton, 15, of Carlyle.
The sisters, both students at the high school, along with their aunt, Rhonda Evans, 43, of Ackerman, Mississippi, died in an automobile accident on July 8 on Old U.S. Route 50 outside of Beckemeyer.
District Superintendent Annie Gray said it had been "a very hard couple of weeks for our staff and our community."
She wanted to say "thank you" for all of the support shown by various entities — organizations, people, businesses — "people reaching out to our school family."
She said it will be "a rough transition" going into the school year.
On buildings and grounds projects, Gray said the window replacement/repair project at Carlyle Grade School is progressing.
She said the contractor has the windows in but the flashing is not done yet [that was supposed to have been done July 28].
There is guttering that has to be installed but masonry has been done on portions of the building.
Gray said she's found out the acquisition of chillers for the grade school and junior high school have been pushed back.
She and district officials have been planning what to do at the grade school so they are not in the same situation as last year — being without cooling systems when hot weather hits.
Baer Heating and Cooling of Trenton, which is installing the new systems, did look at the buildings and got the old grade school cooling system up and running.
The backup plan, Gray said, would be to install window air conditioning units.
She looked into the rental of chillers — trailering one in for use — but the cost is prohibitive: rental for a month cost $15,000.
Wiring and plumbing the unit to cool the building, in addition to the unit's rental, would cost $30,000, on top of the $15,000 monthly rental.
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