MHS board hears updates, approves purchases

MENDOTA – Mendota High School board members reported on various committee meetings during the District 280 Board of Education meeting on Sept. 20.

In the Building Committee report, chairman Jim Sundberg said after taking a complete tour of the high school building including the roof, everything appeared to be in decent shape for now. However, with the building approaching the 15-20 year mark, he suggested that the board begin planning and setting aside money for future maintenance. Sundberg noted that upkeep on the tennis courts appears to be the largest expense, costing about $50,000.

Board president Jim Lauer said the board has plans to get estimates on the chiller, roof and tennis courts so those items can be addressed in the next three to five years. 

Additionally, Superintendent Jeff Prusator said an energy audit of light bulbs and light fixtures was completed that day, and the initial determination was that substantial savings could be made by replacing some lights and fixtures, especially in the parking lot. A detailed report will be given to the building committee as soon as it is completed.


Reporting for Principal Denise Aughenbaugh, who was attending an informational program on DACA hosted at the high school, Prusator said the Curriculum Committee is currently discussing two items. The committee plans to have recommendations on those items for the October or November board meeting.

The recommendation of Dan Beck as coach for Scholastic Bowl and Matt Meyer as assistant coach was approved by the board. Also approved were a number of volunteers who will help in the Fine Arts Department.


The board approved the purchase of two vans, a 2015 model with 65,000 miles for $15,500 and a 2010 van with 69,000 miles for $8,000. Prusator said the vans run daily and throughout the summer for special education routes for out of district placements.

The new vehicles will replace a 2004 Mercury van that has 354,000 miles and a 2000 Chevrolet with 260,000 miles. “Gary [Kettleborough] thinks he might be able to get another year out of the Chevy, so we’re going to keep that one,” Prusator chuckled.

The board approved agreements with Mendota Elementary District 289 and with Holy Cross School for Mendota High School to provide 8th graders with 9th grade algebra in the fall of 2018. The algebra class will take place during first hour at the high school.

Approval was given to the winter athletic budget request of $2,500, which was recommended by Athletic Committee Chairman Jim Strouss.

The next regular board meeting will take place at the high school on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.

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