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McKenzie Schools Proposes Air Conditioning School Gyms

More than $1 Million In Federal Funds Headed to MSSD

By Joel Washburn
washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 2/10/21

McKENZIE (February 2) — McKenzie Special School District is proposing to make significant updates to its environmental heating and cooling systems, upgrade Chromebooks and in-classroom monitors, and provide funding for an interventionist and educational assistant through federal funding, known as ESSER 2.0

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McKenzie Schools Proposes Air Conditioning School Gyms

More than $1 Million In Federal Funds Headed to MSSD

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McKENZIE (February 2) — McKenzie Special School District is proposing to make significant updates to its environmental heating and cooling systems, upgrade Chromebooks and in-classroom monitors, and provide funding for an interventionist and educational assistant through federal funding, known as ESSER 2.0

School districts throughout the nation are receiving ESSER 2.0 funds. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is to help schools address learning loss among students, including through assessment, evidence-based activities, parent engagement, tracking attendance, and improving student engagement due to the adverse effects of COVID-19.

McKenzie Special School District is receiving $1,113,420.28. School Director Lynn Watkins said he, the educational supervisor, principals, and maintenance personnel developed a list of needs of the school and how the funds can be applied. Watkins presented the list of items to the members of the Board of Education on February 2. The deadline to submit the application is March 1, said Watkins. It is up to the grantors to determine the eligibility of the requested expenditures.

The wish list includes: a freezer for food service, $20,000; virtual school seats, $115,000; replace older heating/air units in all three schools, $60,000; air condition the gymnasiums at McKenzie Middle School - gym built in 1954, and McKenzie Elementary School, built in 1963 - $350,000; replace desktops in all three libraries $41,615; all teachers to receive new, enhanced Chromebook laptops, $42,800; flat panel TVs in remaining classrooms, $136,000; new and replacement Chromebooks for students - with charging carts - $204,000; nine scanners for SPED (special education) teachers - $2,961; one year teaching contract with educational interventionist $25,200; one year contract for educational assistant $24,500; three $1,500 stipends for family involvement coordinators $13,500; 1300 extended contract hours for tutoring and school $38,000; summer school transportation, $2,500; two years of IXL software for RTI intervention $21,372; edgenuity for Credit Recovery and Summer School for two summers, $21,700.

The list also includes the possibility of upgrading locker rooms at McKenzie Middle School.

Board members Karen Fowler and Misty Aird said the locker rooms are in poor condition and offer no privacy.

Chairman Jon Davis said the school planned upgrades to the locker rooms, however, an emergency $1 million roof at the MMS took away the financial resources for any upgrades.

The Board plans to have a walk-through of the school facilities to assess the needs of the buildings. McKenzie High School indebtedness retires in two years, eliminating all long-term debt of MSSD.

Fowler said the McKenzie Elementary School needs to be painted. The white brick building, built in 1963, needs to be updated. She had a preliminary quote to paint the building from a Paris contractor. The board postponed any discussion of building improvement until their walk-through inspection on Saturday. February 27, 8 a.m.

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