Northwestern Consolidated’s elementary-age students and robotics members are going to be benefiting from some generous donations made.
The school board accepted three donations at this week’s monthly meeting that will go toward the construction of a playground shelter next to the elementary school and the robotics clubs at all three schools.
The Triton Central Elementary Parent Teacher Organization donated $ 17,300 toward the playground shelter construction. The robotics programs will receive a total of $ 25,000 from two donations.
Runnebohm Construction, represented by Chris King at the meeting, donated $ 15,000. HIS Constructors donated an additional $ 10,000.
HIS is owned by Terry Morgan, who is a member of the school board.
“I think those are three of the biggest donations we’ve had in the short time I’ve been here,” Superintendent Chris Hoke said during the meeting.
The district built in its budget the amount of money to match what the PTO gave, he said.
Construction of the shelter is scheduled for this summer, although if the weather cooperates, the district will look into building it over Spring Break.
Hoke thanked the PTO after announcing the donation.
“The kids are going to love it,” he said. “The teachers are going to love it.”
The combined $ 25,000 will support the robotics programs at all three schools.
Hoke said those donations were the first in a “series of ongoing support efforts from community partners.”
The district has a few things in the works that will help from a standpoint programming, providing some other high school curricular offering that have to do with construction and trades, he went onto say.
The board approved the donations by a 6-0 vote, with Vice President David Ploog unable to attend.
Triton Central High School robotics advisor Keith Starost confirmed when asked by Hoke that the donation amounted to about half of the operational costs.
Board members thanked the PTO, Runnebohm and HIS for the donations at the end of the meeting.
When it was his turn to speak, Morgan addressed his donation.
“When we started building our facility in Pleasant View, I said we were going to be more active in the community,” he said. “There’s more to come. I think my company and the other folks up there, you’ll see, are going to be good neighbors and good members of the community. Things like that aren’t always bad. There’s a lot of good that can come out of it. ”