Heaved curb gets school, city’s attention

Story and photos by KATHLEEN GILLULY

 

With chairman Ken Kallem and vice-chair Doug LeBrun absent, trustee Mike Longbottom called the regular meeting of the school board to order Monday, Sept. 8. With only one action item on the agenda, the meeting lasted just 40 minutes.

Prior to hearing public comment, Superintendent Tim Bronk pointed out artwork on the boardroom walls. There were brightly colored monograms created by third and fourth grade students and textured snakes made by first and second grade students.

Bronk noted during his report that there are approximately 2,100 students enrolled in the district.

“It’s still fluctuating,” he said. “We kind of have to ride along until October. That’s when it seems to settle down.”

Of concern to Bronk, as well as city officials, is the heaving of the curb in front of Graff School because of water and ice damage. The superintendent said that he, City of Laurel CAO Heidi Jensen, and Public Works Director Kurt Markegard inspected the curb and determined it is a hazard.

“It’s possible we can get it fixed this fall,” he said, “It really needs to be redone in all concrete.”

The curb adjoins the boulevard in front of the school and E. Sixth Street, which is asphalt but in poor condition. Bronk said he will continue working with the city on a possible Special Improvement District (SID).

The one item for action passed unanimously. Trustees voted to accept an agreement to continue their participation with the Yellowstone West/Carbon County Special Services Cooperative (YWCCSSC) for another three years. The co-operative serves 32 schools in 18 school districts and operates out of the Laurel Schools’ administration building. The co-op provides training and services to students in the special education programs, employing five speech pathologists and four speech aides, four school psychologists, one preschool teacher and three preschool paraprofessionals, two occupational therapists, one physical therapist, an audiological technician, and a family/school coordinator, according to their Web site ywccssc.k12.mt.

Former teacher and theorist Bruce Swanson was the only member of the public requesting the board’s time during the public comment period, which is required by law. Swanson was unable to complete his point about assisting victims of bullying in the three minutes Longbottom allotted him.

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