The Moon Area school board Monday decided to spend a maximum of $36,000 to complete the area outside of the main entrance of the new high school.
Cost options to complete the entranceway ranged from about $18,500 to $58,300. None of the options included a brick wall that was designed to be used for seating and was to have been included in the original plans.
Money for the project will come out of the district's operating budget, Director Ron Steele said.
The wall, originally designed as a safety feature and for use as outdoor classroom space, will be built later using funds raised through the sale of nameplates that will be included along the wall. The estimated cost of the wall is about $14,500.
The option the directors chose includes removal of the existing asphalt, installation of patterned concrete and a reduction in the amount of grass surrounding the entranceway. The grass will be replaced with concrete as a way to discourage students from walking through it.
"This is brick and mortar," Mr. Steele said of the project. "This does absolutely nothing for our student's education. It's aesthetics."
Mr. Steele and Directors Sandra McCurdy and Michael Olszewski voted against the project. Samuel Tranter was absent.
In addition, the board approved $40,330 in change orders to ongoing construction projects, including the installation of a waterline to the field house that is to be built at the new practice sports field.
Also on Monday, the board approved the furlough of one family consumer science teacher due to a lack of enrollment. The furlough was not for budgetary reasons, Director Jerry Testa said. If enrollment should increase, the teacher could be called back.
The board approved members of the district's high school and middle school Odyssey of the Mind teams to attend the international tournament May 22-26 at Michigan State University. Anticipated cost is $17,213 for lodging, transportation, meals, U-haul rental, fuel and registration.
Members of the teams are raising funds to help defray costs.
The district renewed the agreement with Metz Culinary Management to provide food service program management during the 2013-2014 school year.
The prices for breakfast and lunch will not increase.
Sonja Reis, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.