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Viroqua Area Schools finalizing MOU with La Crosse Area YMCA to provide services at Bigley Pool

Viroqua Area Schools finalizing MOU with La Crosse Area YMCA to provide services at Bigley Pool

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Viroqua Area Schools is continuing its discussion with the La Crosse Area YMCA to potentially form a partnership to provide services at Bigley Pool. The school board received an update at its regular meeting June 21.

District Administrator Tom Burkhalter said the school district is finalizing a memo of understanding with the La Crosse Area YMCA to provide such services as administration, hiring and training, and maintaining memberships.

Burkhalter said the pool still needs some additional maintenance before it can reopen. Product supplies have been on backorder for quite some time.

Board members approved a construction management agreement with CESA 10 for the HVAC system.

Prior the vote, Robert Nigh, chairperson of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, said CESA 10 is charging for time and materials. “It saves money and helps us to do it in a cost-effective manner.”

Burkhalter said the district is turning the project management to a trusted partner.

The board also approved a contract with APEX Engineering for services related to the air handling unit replacement.

“CESA 10 has worked with APEX before,” Nigh said. “It’s a good move for us to update our equipment.”

The air handling unit replacement is at the elementary school. Boiler replacements will be analyzed for the elementary, high school and the pool.

Board members approved a job description for a student success coordinator. Burkhalter said the student success coordinator will primarily help high school students who may have an achievement gap to connect with and direct students to services that would help them.

The board approved the retirement of Rita Sheldon, middle school special education paraprofessional.

The following appointments were approved by the school board: Interventionist Teacher Talia Klein; .50 FTE Title I Teacher Stephanie Ivey; Special Ed Teacher Lawrence Kolden; Grade 3 Teacher Katelyn Running; Grade 3 Teacher Amanda Fonk; VAMS Adolescent Classroom Teacher Erica Hill; and Grade 8 Volleyball Coach Katie Moilien.

Board members voted to change the regular board meeting date from April 18, 2022 to April 25, 2022 because of spring break.

Burkhalter gave an update on the district’s visioning process. He said a design team is being formed and the theme of the visioning process is “Proud of the past, focused on the future.”

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Times. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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