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LETTER: Agenda request did require board action

To the Editor: In response to the article, Winner School Board Stands by Agenda Policy Despite Public Opposition by Caitlynn Peetz, Sept. 15, 2016, the following corrections and facts are provided. My requested agenda items are substantial, in th...

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To the Editor:

In response to the article, Winner School Board Stands by Agenda Policy Despite Public Opposition by Caitlynn Peetz, Sept. 15, 2016, the following corrections and facts are provided.

My requested agenda items are substantial, in the public interest and require specific board action to review with the public.

The agenda items are:

• State Aid formula calculations including the effect of sales tax increase (FY17).

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• Review of all Auxiliary Gym project expenses in detail and summary to date.

It is quite clear that specific board action is required to have public review. During these public reviews, further specific board actions will occur:

1. Verify actual budget for teacher salaries instead of desired teacher salaries (average $48,000/year).

2. Review administrative overhead - Winner has five administrators for 700 students. The State average is 3.5 per 1,000 students.

3. Require the business manager to use accurate local tax effort calculations for FY17 revenue.

4. The Auxiliary Gym is a $4 million project. A public review of all expenses may include further specific board action.

5. Review questionable design fee of $56,000.

6. Review $400,000 mechanical equipment expense detail.

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7. Require detail of $930,000 billed for concrete work. How many yards were used and where was it placed?

8. Require as-built descriptions to include detailed locations of storm drain piping, sump pump, electric power cables, sewer connections.

9. A public review of all warranties including risks of flat roof damage, gym floor settling and future repair and maintenance expenses.

I believe all these items require further detailed board action following public review. A good project management would require the same. We want to benefit our children and be wise with our tax dollars. I believe my original agenda request clearly required specific board action and should be included in the proposed board agenda.

Chuck Noble

Winner

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