Financial concerns, school bus concerns and heating issues at the Grade School occupied the Galatia School Board Meeting on Jan. 24.
The delay of funds from Illinois State is being felt by Galatia as well as all the area school districts. The shortfall of state funds was partially offset by the revenue from Saline County, High School Principal John Cummins stated.
Transport concerns centered on soliciting estimates for the replacement of a clutch on Bus No. 3 and discussion of purchase of a new school bus. The bus purchase discussion concerned outright purchase of a new bus or trade-in of an old bus to partially reduce the price of a new bus.
District architect Mike Ewald and heating engineer Pete Wall were present to assist in weighing the pros and cons of two options for replacement of the heating system for the Galatia Grade School. The two choices were to proceed with installation of a conventional boiler type heating system or to install a green technology heat pump system.
In other action the board:
- Approved the purchase of a new computer for the guidance councilor's office.
- Approved iPad training for the High School teaching staff. This training was approved earlier for the Grade School level along with approval of the purchase of iPads for student use.