Truman plans grounds repairs

TRUMAN – Some badly needed repairs will be made on the Truman School grounds this summer, with the playground surface and sidewalk in front of the gym slated for replacement.

The school board voted Monday to award the contract to Fieldstone Services and Products of Truman. Three bids, all from Truman companies, were received. They ranged from less than $22,500 to more than $38,300, with Fieldstone submitting the lowest.

The board also chose to hire Kato Roofing for $750 for a roof analysis.

Improving the financial condition of the district will be the topic of a board work session on June 3. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. The public is being urged to attend to offer opinions.

Another special meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. May 28 at the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School library in Granada. The topic will be a three-way cooperative for girls basketball among Truman, GHEC and Martin Luther.

In other action at Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Tom Ames updated the group on new legislation that affects the district.

Truman will receive an additional $25 per pupil unit in state aid for the 2014-15 year.

The Legislature also enacted a bullying law that requires a reporting policy. Truman already has a policy in place, but it is being reviewed to ensure that it complies with the new mandate.

In other business, the board learned that the child care center at the school recorded a monthly profit of $567. A year ago, the center posted a loss of almost $2,200 for the same period.

The board also opted to pay $11,000 to Lakes Country Service Cooperative of Fergus Falls for a new server and software at the school.