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ML school board approves property purchase


Last updated 12/1/2016 at 11:16am

Al Stover

This building, formely Total Home Maintenance, will be primarily used to store maintenance equipment for the Medical Lake School District.

The Medical Lake School District maintenance staff is going to have a new place to put their equipment.

At its Nov. 22 meeting, the board of directors approved a resolution to purchase property located at South Brower and East Grace streets, across the street from the Post Office, at a cost of $299,999. The district will own the property effective Dec. 1.

The property includes a 7,500-square-foot building. Five thousand square feet of that space will be used to store maintenance equipment. Chad Moss, director of finance, said the rest of the building could be used for office space and professional development.

Moss said the district planned to build a maintenance building during the middle school construction in 2010, but costs prevented it from happening.

"We've been working on something like this for years," Moss said.

Don Johnson, a fiscal adviser for the district, said the building currently has no air conditioning, but staff plans to install it. Staff also plan to repaint and install wireless Internet.

"That building is going to be a great addition to our district for decades," Johnson said.

In other action items, the board also approved a resolution that renews the district's request to waive four days of the 180-day requirement for the next three academic years. The four days - two in the fall and two in the spring - are set aside for parent-teacher conferences.

"This approach has been successful for us," Kim Headrick, director of teaching and learning, said. "(Full-day conferences) are less disruptive to instruction than partial days."

In policies, the board approved the second readings of policies relating to academic acceleration and regulation of dangerous weapons on school premises.

The academic acceleration policy coincides with the work the district is doing in terms of the career and college readiness graduation requirements. It also focuses on allowing students more access to college prep and rigorous courses.

The dangerous weapons policy explains that carrying a weapon on premises, school-provided transportation or areas and facilities being used for school activities is considered a criminal offense.

During the meeting, Superintendent Tim Ames reaffirmed that the policy does apply to anyone who has a concealed weapons permit. For example, a parent with a permit can keep their weapon only in their car when they are dropping their child off at school.

"Weapons are not allowed on school grounds," Ames said.

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