Local School Board Roundup

∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education last week reviewed its audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, although the board held off on approving the audit until trustees had more time to review it. Chelsea Meeder, certified public accountant with Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein, told the board the school district’s fund balance is 13.7% of the district’s budget.

Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations Mary Lyon told the board’s finance committee earlier this month that $528,121 was added to the general fund and that the current available fund equity is a little over $6 million.

The board also heard from Gwen Pettit, with Trane Technologies, who said the district’s energy efficiency projects are on time and that the district’s remote learning protocol may allow contractors to complete some projects in less time than previously planned.

The district has hired Trane Technologies to perform energy efficiency upgrades to schools throughout the district.

∫ The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday purchased 125 wireless access points in the amount of $105,636. The equipment will be purchased using money from the maintenance and replacement fund as well as from the college’s COVID-19 funding.

The wireless access points will allow more wireless coverage in the college, as the college’s current wireless coverage is only 60% of the indoor learning space.

The board of trustees also accepted the resignation of TRiO Talent Search Coordinator Jaime Kurowski, effective Nov. 6.


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