Cambridge schools superintendent Tom Akers presented board members with a list of possible improvements that could be made using the district's proceeds from the new one-cent countywide sales tax.
The tax, approved April 9, will be collected starting Jan. 1. It is estimated Cambridge schools will receive $182,332 per year based on sixth-day enrollment figures.
Mr. Akers' list included:
At the high school: -- A new boiler system, $250,000 -- Replacing the boiler system with geothermal, $1.6 million -- Parking lot asphalt and base, $207,000 -- Asphalt parking lot only, $115,000 -- Adding an intercom and camera, $30,000.
At the grade school: -- Securing the main entry, $65,000 -- Securing the back entry, $32,500 -- Installing a card reader system at the playground entrance, $2,500 -- Resurfacing the front circular driveway with base, $54,000 -- Resurfacing the front driveway with asphalt only, $30,000 -- Resurfacing the back parking lot, $85,000.
In addition to the building projects, the district could retire debt on the grade school's geothermal system and the roof repairs.
In the meantime, the board approved a $50,000 matching grant for security doorways already written into the school district's 10-year use of health life safety money. The new entry system will have cards for district employees and a buzzer system for visitors.
Also on Tuesday, grade school principal Shelly Capps reported she has discussed ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) training with first- through sixth-grade classrooms and drills will be held.
During public participation, senior Brandon Nelson said he wished there was renewed support for the J. Kyle Braid leadership program in Colorado, noting that just sending two students didn't achieve much because it's hard for two students to make a difference. He also said the program hadn't raised enough money to send anyone this year.
Mr. Akers said the effort has been switched to a possible weekend program for four to six students.
Bonnie and Randy Swanson also thanked the board for its support of a fundraiser for the Shriner's Hospitals this winter. The basketball game fundraiser gathered just shy of $4,300 for Shriners, which has treated the Swanson's son, Jake, a Cambridge freshman and basketball player with longitudinal deficiency of the fibula. He has undergone two surgeries.
Another $800 was raised at the grade school in a coin collection.
"We thought that was great. More than we expected," said Ms. Swanson.
Following a closed session, the board announced: -- Kayla Dixon as district art teacher -- Marcy Strand as junior/senior high school Spanish teacher -- Maria Black as high school math teacher -- Gordon Sammons as junior/senoior high vocational agriculture teacher -- Valerie Kline as physical ed/high school English teacher -- Myra Houzenga as Title I reading teacher -- Josh Bentley as high school football coach -- Amanda Bennett as varsity dance coach -- Laura Cooper and Charlie Brown as summer custodial workers -- Terry Anderson as junior high football coach.
The board also waived a list of school holidays while noting it is still planned to observe and not hold school on Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day, even with official waivers in place for those days.
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.