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October 10, 2013

CCS planning big construction project

Voters would need to approve referendum

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The proposal would also turn the shop area of the high school into a technology corridor with the shop class being reduced in size to add several art, computer and band practice rooms.

“We think this will be a vitally important area,” Superintendent C.J. Hebert said.

The proposals also call for re-roofing and resealing the walls at the bus garage.

“We felt that it was important to look at everything going on at the schools at this time,” Borgstrom said.

Kukenberger later explained to the board that with a substantial amount of debt coming off the district’s financial books in 2016-2017, now was a good time to begin a capital project.

The board also heard a presentation from Tim Doyle of the Bonadio Group, which preformed the district’s state mandated external audit. The results were broken into four categories, but were mostly positive. Doyle said that the district had no issues with non-compliance, received the highest possible assessment for standard budget matters and remains a low-risk auditee.

The only area of concern Doyle expressed was for extracurricular activities that are cash based, but he said the concern is standard with most schools based on high turnover of students and advisers having to learn the procedures. Doyle did point out that the state has detailed guidelines for best practices for cash transactions, and added that he felt CCS had done a very good job of implementing them.

“I will say our assessment is that it is much better now than it has been,” Borgstrom added. “It is a hard thing. We’re not the only school that has trouble with it.”

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