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Board bids farewell to members

Monday marked the final meeting for outgoing Superior School Board members Mary Klun and Steve Stupak.

Stupak worked as chief engineer at Superior High School for three decades and has served on the Board since 2014. Klun has a total of 18 years of service on the Board.

During Monday's meeting, vice president Christina Kintop thanked both Klun and Stupak, who was unable to attend.

"I know I personally will miss Mary," Kintop said. "She has been a mentor and a friend, and I will miss her guidance."

Superior school district administrator Janna Stevens also thanked both board members for their dedication, especially as the Board navigated the roll-out of the $92.5 million referendum passed last year.

The two new members recently elected, Laura Gapske and Mary Smith-Johnson, begin their terms with million-dollar decisions looming on April 24.

"Ironically we have a meeting on that date," Stevens said.

The School Board plans to vote on several contracts at the meeting, including one for demolition work at Superior High School that was postponed March 27. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the school district's administration office, 3025 Tower Ave.

The bulk of contracts for the SHS construction project will be voted on at the Superior School Board's regular meeting May 8. A time has not yet been set.

Buses and books

The Superior School Board approved the purchase of roughly $1 million in textbooks and materials Monday and also gave consent for the purchase of two new propane-fueled buses.

The final cost for the 2018 Blue Bird propane-powered buses is $159,321. As part of the deal, the district plans to trade in four unused diesel buses for $21,500.

Transportation director Chad Jensema said he expects to receive the new propane buses by the end of June. The propane tank at Superior Middle School should be equipped with a new pump to fuel the buses by July or earlier.

"We'll be ready for the 2017-18 school year," Jensema said.