Nearing completion

It’s amazing what difference a week can make.

On Monday, members of the Webster City Community School District board of directors met at local schools to see the progress of renovations to Pleasant View Elementary, Sunset Heights Elementary and Webster City High School.

The tour was led by Joel Peterson, of Peterson Construction in Webster City. Peterson has overseen the work at the three area schools over the summer. Even with seven days of construction lost to snow day makeup days and occasional delays on orders, Peterson said overall construction is on schedule with school on the horizon.

“We had a long way to go just two weeks ago,” Peterson said. “But, it’s coming together nicely, and we’ve made it look like it’s a welcoming place for students.”

Also leading the tour was superintendent Mike Sherwood, who discussed the variety of renovations done at many of the schools. Among those changes, including new ceilings and flooring included new ADA accessible doors. A ramp to the playground at Pleasant View has also been installed and will include a covering so students have a place to wait for after school pickup in the rain or snow.

The playground at Pleasant View also has much of the safe surface tiling installed. The cushioned tiling on the playground was funded through the local PTO.

After going through the schools, the board began their regular meeting. Board secretary Cathi Hildebrand was retained at her position and was administered the oath of office. The board also reapproved Jim Hanks as the district’s legal counsel for the 2013-2014 school year.

The board also reapproved designated financial depositories and limits for district funds, including First State Bank, First American Bank and Webster City Federal Savings Bank. An interfund loan by the board, for $700,000 from the schoolhouse fund to the general fund was also approved. Hildebrand said the interfund loan would be used to shore up the general fund for August payroll.

The resignation of Greg Bock, head girl’s soccer coach for Webster City High School, was approved at Monday’s meeting. Sherwood said the school would begin advertising for the position now that his resignation has been approved.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the School Administration Office Board Room.