DARLINGTON – The Darlington School Board of Education reluctantly approved the request from Michelle Savatski to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year at their monthly meeting on Jan. 2.
Savatski has had 28 years with the Darlington School District and 32 years in the education profession. The board personally thanked her for her service.
“It is hard to overstate the impact that Michelle has had here. It is sad to see her go and her replacement is going to have huge shoes to fill,” president Aaron Wolfe stated.
Bob Hermanson said with great regret that he would make the motion to accept her resignation, with a second by Joe Schilling. The motion passed unanimously.
At the last meeting, Lee Black, Head of Maintenance, stated that Midwest Mission and Distribution Center (MMDC) from Chatham, Ill. contacted him and they were willing to remove the bleachers from the DHS gymnasium for free, in order to use the bleacher material to recycle into desks and furniture for third world countries.
With this group doing the removal of the bleachers, it would save the district about $11,000.
R.J. Brunkow asked if the administration had a chance to speak with other schools that MMDC has dealt with. Black said none of the schools were local. He felt confident that the group would get the job done correctly. He would be there to supervise during the removal process and to help out. The group plans to ask for local volunteers as well.
Wolfe stated that a local community member mentioned that they have helped work for this volunteer group and spoke highly of them.
Black said that the group would send the district pictures of the bleacher boards after they have been made into furniture and the district can then track the pieces to see where they end up.
“It is really neat. I am just glad they are being used and not ending up in a landfill,” Black said.
Schilling made the motion to approve MMDC to remove the DHS bleachers with Hermanson seconding. The motion was approved unanimously.
The Darlington School District Board of Education also approved/accepted:
-the drawing for the order of school board candidates to appear on the April 3, 2018 Spring Elections, which will be as follows: R.J. Brunkow, Bob Hermanson, Colleen Reichling, Joe Riechers and Aaron Wolfe.
-a donation of $50 to the DHS Track Activity Account from Susan Elzen.
-a donation from the Lafayette County Child Advocacy Fund for $200 to the DEMS Needy Students Activity Account.
-a $4,500 donation from the Medtronic Foundation to the Music and Theater programs.