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Twin Bridges Technology, HVAC updates and teacher housing

The Twin Bridges School Board met on Tuesday, Sep. 14. Here’s a recap of what was discussed.

• Administrative and committee reports from Principal Thad Kaiser included an update from the district’s School and Community Foundation’s committee which met earlier in the week. The foundation is working on scholarship opportunities and the Innovative Grants project. Another focus of the foundation is an in-the-works teacher housing project to be located on land owned by the district in town. Annual events and fundraiser efforts were also discussed; three raffles will be held: a sports, a cash and an appliance raffle. A grant from Montana PBS Technology in the Classroom was discussed. The program was brought to the school via efforts from business teacher Jodi Sandru and brings a tech specialist to the school each Wednesday. The completion of a sidewalk and curb addition project around the school, a collaboration between the district and the Town of Twin Bridges, was noted.

• Planning for the Conder Upper Elementary Building Project is underway. The district can use money from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to improve the building’s HVAC and indoor air quality systems in response to Covid-19. The district is also looking into other critical infrastructure and improvements to lighting and the building envelope to reduce utility costs and operation maintenance expenses. It’s a timely process and the hope it to have construction begin as soon as school gets out.

• The board approved the district’s Student Attendance Agreements which will continue to welcome students, upon approval, from outside the district line.

• The board did not take any action on considerations to the Safe School Operations for In-Person Learning plan, opting to wait until information is gathered from the Sept. 17 Madison County Commission special meeting which will address Covid-19 and related quarantine procedures via the county attorney’s interpretation of several related laws. The district continues with cohort groups, a focus on hygiene and social distancing.

• The board gave special recognition to middle school football Coach Frank Williams and high school volleyball Assistant Coach Alexis Sandru who opted to forgo their coaching stipend, choosing to volunteer and keep the money within the district. A shout-out was also given to the Town of Twin Bridges for its collaborative effort with the district to get sidewalks installed near the school.

• The board will meet next on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

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