New science materials approved at Dunlap school board meeting

Adam Larck

The Dunlap school district will be getting modernized science materials for next school year.

At the monthly Dunlap board of education meeting, the board approved the purchase of $180,000 worth of materials for the junior high and high school science programs.

The money, which had already been set aside, will go toward books, online labs and more from three different companies. The books will be implemented into the system in the fall.

Also approved at the board meeting was a contract with Farnsworth Companies for a roundabout at the intersection of Allen Road and Hickory Grove, where the new elementary school is being built.

“The City of Peoria has asked us to consider installing a roundabout at the intersection of Allen and Hickory Grove instead of a traditional four-way stop,” Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino said.

In other board news:

• Two out-of-state trips were approved. Dunlap Middle School and Dunlap Valley Middle School will be going to Washington, D.C., in May, while the Dunlap High School Robotics Team will go to nationals in St. Louis on April 27.

• Various summer projects were approved for the grade schools and high school.

“We are doing a landscaping project at Wider-Waite and a new drop ceiling and lighting at Dunlap Grade School,” Lisa Parker said. We are also repairing some restrooms in the grade schools and new P.E. lockers at DHS to accommodate our growth. It was also approved to paint the pool but I’m not sure if that will be in the summer or spring.”

• Forty-two part-time teachers’ aides were released. Director of Human Resources Erik Christian said that the district releases these employees annually and rehires as appropriate.

Five new teachers were hired for the district. They are Sheri Eppel and Kelsie Stahl, second grade teachers at Wilder-Waite, Shell Criss, classroom aide at Ridgeview, Maureen Fandel, language arts teacher at Dunlap Valley Middle School, and Leanne Runyon as a speech pathologist for the district.

Twelve positions were also rehired for the district, and three positions were transferred between schools.

A special board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 27 to induct the new members to the school board, as well as appoint the new executive board members and committees.