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Westside gets heat

Alternative to old boiler
The 509-J school board approved the transfer money from the district's contingency fund for the hiring of one teacher for Madras Primary, and two kindergarten educational assistants for Metolius Elementary at its Oct. 10 meeting.
   Director of Operations Darryl Smith reported on discussions with the Madras Kids Club on the installation of an HVAC system (heating and air-conditioning) in sections of the Westside Building to avoid having to use the old boiler this year.
   Smith said the Kids Club indicated it did not need air-conditioning, so that cost was deleted from the club's cafeteria and gym area and the funds were rerouted to heating units for the club's education room (old boys locker room).
   "It will cost an extra $339 to the district to get heat in the whole place," Smith said. The previous estimate had been $6,543 to heat the club's education room.
   The board approved out-of-state travel for three adults and six tribal students to attend the National Indian Education Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Superintendent Rick Molitor and board member Laurie Danzuka will be attending.
   The board approved the hiring of Angus Eastwood, who worked with the Bend LaPine School District, as a consultant on bond development for a proposed K-8 school in Warm Springs.
   An agreement with K and L Gates was also approved for bond legal services on the project.
   Under personnel, new hires included Jodi Birkby, SMILE Club advisor, and John Williams, assistant football coach, both at Madras High School.
   Joan Starkel has been selected to fill the deputy clerk/finance assistant position at the district office.
   Resignations were accepted from Buff Elementary special ed teacher Susan Starkey, and from MHS assistant football coach Scott Drakulich.
   The next board meeting will be Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., at the Big Muddy School.