However, feeling the responsibility to maintain the structure and integrity of the school district’s property, the River Bend School Board offered to pay an additional $987 making their total contribution $2,000.
“We own the building and my opinion is I think we should go higher than ($1,013), in good faith,” school board member Eric Fish said. “The boosters do a tremendous amount for the district and part of our charter is to keep our buildings in good condition and you’ve seen that (floor); that’s not good condition.”’
If the bid remains at $10,745 once the boosters set an official construction timeline, the district’s portion will cover 20 percent of the final cost, a portion Keuhl is happy to see the school board approve.
“It’s kind of the district’s responsibility to maintain, but as an athletic booster group we know that all the kids are affected by the gym floor,” Kuehl said. “We want to keep them safe first of all, but we also want them to feel proud of what they’re playing on. So it’s nice to see the board has kind of upped their contribution.”