The first use of the recently approved school bond money will be to pay for an unexpected problem at Madras Primary -- the collapse of a dry well.
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At the Aug. 13 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors, Darryl Smith, director of operations, reported that earlier in the summer, after a substantial rain, the concrete lid on a dry well, located between the two kindergarten wings at Madras Primary, caved in causing a hole eight feet wide and 10 feet deep. Asphalt and dirt collapsed into the dry well causing an extreme safety hazard.
The area was secured, and the hole has already been dug out by WHPacific, which is also working with engineers to permanently fix storm water drainage issues at the school.
The board declared an emergency situation, and approved the use of $15,000 from the bond construction funds for the repairs, as storm water dispersal projects were included in the bond.
A special fund called "Capital Project -- Warm Springs K-8 School" was approved to hold the 509-J District's half of bond proceeds ($10,736) for the new school.
Two executive sessions were held, one a hearing to consider dismissal of an employee, and the other regarding contract negotiations.
Under personnel, athletic hiring included approving Dan Hiatt as the new athletic/activities coordinator at Jefferson County Middle School, and Darrell Sumner and Brian Halter as assistant football coaches, both at JCMS.
One-year temporary teaching contracts were approved for Jessica Williams, language arts, and Johanna Henrikson, sixth grade, both at JCMS. Krista Pagano was hired as a first-year, probationary teacher.
Resignations were accepted from Adam Randall, math teacher and baseball coach at Madras High School, and Tifinie Hadley, special education at JCMS.
The board voted to approve the recommended termination of MHS English language development teacher Becky Dudney.