MINOOKA — Minooka Community High School students will have a little more room to stretch out when attending football games or during graduation ceremony now that the district is purchasing two sets of portable bleachers.
Seneca High School loaned MCHS some portable bleachers last year so Minooka could try them out. They were used to seat the school band during football games.
It worked out so well last year that Minooka decided to pursue purchasing its own.
The board of education at its March meeting approved the purchase of two sets of portable bleachers at a total cost of $70,914.
One set seats 156 people and the other 236. Both include a pre-cut area that can be removed for wheelchair use.
Century Industries of Indiana was the low bidder whose bid was accepted.
The finance committee discussed the purchase and recommended approval, said trustee Jim Butterbach.
“You could see the need for them after using those from Seneca last year,” Butterbach said.
The bleachers are expected to arrive prior to graduation in May, Superintendent Jim Colyott said.
Bus Barn Bids
While MCHS doesn’t need to approve the bids for the new transportation facility, jointly owned with Minooka Grade School District 201, the board of education was pleased with the costs that came in.
“The numbers came in significantly lower than anticipated,” said Colyott. “The projected savings is $530,257.”
The grade school district was responsible for obtaining and approving the bids.
The high school will approve the entire project in an intergovernmental agreement with the grade school.
The cost is projected to be $1.87 million. The savings expected by the districts does not include contingencies built into the budget, so the project could come out even less, Colyott said.
“There were four, five and six companies for every bid,” Colyott said. “It was nice to see a healthy market.”
The end of the school year for freshmen, sophomores and juniors has been pushed back one day due to a snow day used on March 5.
The last day of classes for MCHS students is Friday, May 24, which is also the last day of final exams.
Teachers will be in school on Tuesday, May 28 for an institute, but there will not be classes for students.
Students receive accolades
Pop Tab Pandemonium
Minooka High sophomore Alex Caraynoff has again been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, said school principal Darcie Kubinski.
This is the fourth year he has been given the award for his work in supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, on behalf of his older sister Kaitlyn Caraynoff. He holds an annual drive collecting pop can tabs and last year brought in 4.1 tons of aluminum for recycling.
Caraynoff’s volunteer activities have been judged to be among the top 10 percent in Illinois this year, Kubinski said. He has also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Services award.
Students at Channahon and Minooka grade schools have joined in the project, said board President Chris Kobe.
“You have inspired other children,” Kobe said.
Three Minooka High students were given awards in the 2013 SPC Art Competition on March 2. Nine students in all competed. Emily Blatnicky took second place in Computer Generated Art; Megan Chocholek received second place in Graphic Art; and Marisa Boyd received third place in Painting.
The students’ work is on display outside the art room at Central Campus.
Winter Guard Ranked
Minooka High Winter Guard won the Winter Guard International St. Louis Regional on March 9. The team earned the highest overall score in the finals and beat out 30 other teams from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Texas, said Director of Community Relations Dave DiLorenzo.
“They are currently ranked number two in the nation out of 287 teams,” DiLorenzo said.
Arrowettes Place 3rd
The varsity Arrowettes earned a third place in Hip Hop 3A and in Pom 3A at the TDI State Championship recently, said DiLorenzo.
Earlier in the season the team won first place in Pom at both the TDI Eisenhower Regional and the TDI Batavia Regional, and won the Southwest Prairie Conference Championship.