DRUMMOND - It was a short meeting for such a busy night at the Drummond School Board session.
Once the session got underway, a pair of updates were given on two major projects.
First was the drainage project that will address the runoff and standing water issues that the school campus experiences during the winter and spring seasons. The project was slated to start in June, but will finally get underway Wednesday when construction crews come in to start tearing away and restructuring the asphalt around the new gymnasium. This phase of the project will help correct runoff and icing issues that occur in that area.
While the work takes place, the new gym will be closed to the public. The construction is scheduled to be concluded by August 10, the first official day of practices for the volleyball program.
Later in the meeting a discussion took place regarding the water quality at the football field. According to DHS Clerk Toby Wetsch, the school's water source at that site failed testing in June. Levels of coliform bacteria were found that were outside the acceptable range.
Wetsch made it clear that there were no fecal matter found in the water. Coliform bacteria are unlikely to cause illness. However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system.
The culprit appears to be the drainage of water in and around the field's concession stand. Water from the building roofs, the hillside and from the road leading up Edward's Gulch all drain into the well area near the concession stand, creating an issue with the water. After convening their regular meeting, the Board reassembled to continue their meeting at the site to discuss tactics for solving the issues with Roger Skaggs. Skaggs and the Board discussed several options that the Board decided to investigate and hopefully take action on at a special meeting scheduled for later this month.
The Trophy Committee gave an update to the Board, requesting that they approve phase one of their plan. That phase is to get the wooden strips up that would allow the more than 200 wall plaques to be hung in the lobby of the new gymnasium. The project will also include a reorganization of the record boards that currently reside in the gym's lobby.
With that behind them, the Board then approved the contract of new Superintendent Christina Barbachano. Barbachano replaces Bryan Kott, who left the district June 30 to take a job in Laurel.
The Board also approved the rehire of junior high basketball coaches Darcy Schindler and A.J. Angelo. The hiring of coaches for the varsity girls basketball team and the junior high boys teams was tabled until August.
The Board will announce the date for its special meeting later this month and will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting August 13.
by Tim Allen, QSPNLive.com