- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BLUFORD — The newly consolidated Bluford School District is planning a $120,000 roof repair project at the former Webber Township High School building.

Interim Superintendent John Ashby said the project should be completed this fall. During construction, some high school students may have to attend classes at the former Bluford Grade School due to the “noise and disruption,” Ashby said.

“We’re looking at roofing repairs and some building needs of the high school,” Ashby said.

Bluford Unit School District 318 was formed out of a consolidation between the former Bluford Grade School and the former Webber Township High School.

The district’s Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday to discuss building repairs, building utilization, and personnel.

In addition to the roofing project, the board also talked about an upcoming project to clean the shower room at the high school. The intent is to finish the shower cleaning before school starts Aug. 17.

Furthermore, the board authorized district administrators to investigate re-hiring six teacher’s aides who were let go last year through Reductions in Force. The re-hirings haven’t yet been made.

“They authorized us to look into the need for hiring teacher’s aides,” Ashby said.

Under the new district, Ashby and Rod Stover will remain the interim superintendents and Brock Harris is serving as the district principal.

Overall, the consolidation process for Bluford is on track, Ashby said.

Parents and students shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the consolidation since students will be attending the same schools as before, Ashby said.

“It’s been going very smoothly. It’s exciting,” Ashby said. “We’re looking forward to the new unit, to both schools being one.”


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