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Old bleachers to be removed from gym

Replacing them could be expensive

Sandra Malahy, superintendent, Lostant Grade School
Sandra Malahy, superintendent, Lostant Grade School

LOSTANT — Lostant Elementary School is ready to remove its old gym bleachers.

“That would free up that whole walkway, so people can go right over to the concession stand,” said board member Quillard Skinner.

The board discussed the possibility of replacing the bleachers, but such an act might prove cost-prohibitive. The typical funds the school might use to replace faulty or dangerous items will not cover the cost.

“Once you take out the bleachers that are not good,” board president Mike Phillips said, “you can’t use heath-life safety money to replace something that’s not there.”

“The only way I see to put those in in the near future is to sell a CD,” added Superintendent Sandra Malahy said, but she maintained that selling a certificate of deposit for such a purpose as replacing the bleachers would be an unwise use of resources.

For the time being, Lostant Elementary School will see a more open gym.

Whether that space becomes further filled in the future is yet to be seen.

In other discussion, the move to contracted busing services with Illinois Central School Bus has reportedly been a smooth transition.

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