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School Board votes go-ahead on stadium work

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:47 pm

The 17 audience members out-numbered the five board members at the February 12 meeting of the Centralia School Board.

Three members of the Centralia Rotary Club kicked off the meeting by presenting a $13,529.45 check to the board. The money was raised through the club’s grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for CHS football concessions said Rotary Representative Donnie Rodgers.

Centralia Rotary Club representative Donnie Rodgers presents a donation check for $13,529.45 to Brian Bostick, Centralia School Board president.

“We’re going to shut down some expenditures, shut down some POs, Steven Chancellor, R-VI superintendent said regarding the year’s upcoming expenditures.

One expenditure is moving forward, the renovation of the Centralia High School track and football field bleachers.

Chancellor reintroduced the issue of the condition of the bleachers at the track and field stadium, “Those bleachers are not ADA compliant… There is not a lot of competition in the bleacher building world. They work off state-negotiated bids. The issue with bleachers is lead-time. With your permission we will reserve our place in line for the manufacturing.” He said currently the lead time is 37 weeks. “Either way it is a pretty glaring need we have to address as a safety issue.”

He said ramps, rise on the stair rungs and rail positions “are no longer in code compliance … Overall we are just growing to be more accommodating for our visitors.”

The proposed price is $755,000 he said.

The board unanimously approved the motion, minus absent board members Rusty Dutton and Harvey Million.

The board also voted to accept CHS Athletic Director/assistant principal Scott Humphrey’s resignation, as well as those of Justin Height, Carolyn Banks they also mentioned CHS Principal Matt Smith, whose resignation was accepted in an executive session earlier this month.

During his report, Chancellor said changes were coming with the district’s student records program. The new software is called “Infinite Campus.” Chancellor said the previous software’s company had sold its portfolio and went out of business. “This will be a major undertaking…

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard