Catlin school renovation projects move forward

CATLIN — School officials said Thursday that the summer renovation projects around the district buildings are going well.

Catlin School Superintendent Gary Lewis said the installation of the new boiler in the gymnasium building is nearly done, as are the roof replacement and the installation of new windows and new air conditioning units in the band room.

Catlin High School still uses the original boiler from the 1920s for heat, and steam from the high school boiler is piped to the nearby gymnasium building to heat it.

The gymnasium building is receiving a new roof, a separate steam boiler for the gymnasium, rooftop heating and air-conditioning units for the band room and offices, and some electrical upgrades. In addition, the gymnasium floor will be sanded and repainted starting in August, and the interior of the building will be painted to freshen it up.

Lewis also said that the new scoreboard for the football field will arrive by the end of June, and that the parking lot has been painted with new stripes, and the kitchen has new shelving.

In other business, the Catlin School Board learned that Catlin Grade School Principal Beau Fretueg said grade school students failed to meet adequate yearly progress on the reading portion of the ISAT tests this past spring.

Only 82.6 percent of grade school students met or exceeded standards on state reading tests last spring, about10 percent fewer than were needed in order to meet the state's adequate yearly progress goals.

On the same tests, 92.1 percent of Catlin Grade School students met or exceeded state goals in math.

Fretueg said that reading scores increased among 7th and 8th grade students, from 71 percent of 7th grade students in the district meeting or exceeding state standards in 2011 to 80 percent of 7th grade students in 2012, and from 65 percent of 8th grade students in the district meeting or exceeding state standards in 2011 to 82 percent of 8th grade students in 2012. But even though those scores are better, Freuteg said he he hopes to improve on them in the future.

Lewis also said board members plan to meet with Catlin Education Association members in July to begin negotiations for a new contract. A one-year deal between the district and the union will expire on June 30, and Lewis said he hopes to see the two groups come up with a two-year or three-year deal this time.

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