By Pat Maurer
Monday evening, the Farwell Board of Education approved changing their base for school bus radio communication. The change was discussed at the board meeting January 6, when Superintendent Carl Seiter recommended the change.
At that meeting he told the board the county equipment and various other emergency equipment will be moved soon from an old tower on Fire Tower Hill (owned by McNeilly) to a tower south of Lake George owned by Trans-Canada. The other entities are moving because the tower is old and deteriorating, Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski said.
The board presently pays $75 per month rent to have the radio equipment on the McNeilly tower. There would be no cost to be on the tower near Lake George, Seiter said, and he added that a study by Crouch Communications said the coverage would be better if the base is at that location.
There will be a cost to switch the equipment, estimated at $4,900 to $6,550. Costs to move and install the equipment on the new tower would be shared with the other county entities that will be using the tower, Seiter said. The present lease expires May 1 and the equipment would have to be moved and installed at the new location by that date, Seiter said.
Since January is School Board Recognition Month, the Superintendent presented certificates of appreciation to each of the board members at Monday’s meeting and thanked them for their service to the community.
The National Honor Society also made a presentation about their “Gifts From The Heart” project. The group raised $1,233 in cash plus food and gift donations and were able to serve 42 families during the holiday season with Christmas meals and gifts for children.
Several other donations from businesses and individuals were noted at the meeting including $100 each from K’s Diner, McGuire’s and Buccilli’s and $300 from Jim Paetschow for t-shirts; and $200 from Bob First for the Wrestling Club. Other donations were made by Dwight Carpenter and Snow Snake Mountain.
Other business at the meeting included an announcement by the Superintendent that Farwell will host a legislative breakfast on March 3 for area legislatures and the School Boards Association.
The board also discussed options to either purchase, or lease two busses next year. They will look into the best option for the district.
Finally the board approved the monthly bills totaling $689,125.53.