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Sycamore School District 427 Board honors choir students

Sycamore School District 427 Board President Jim Dombek awards Sycamore Middle School seventh grader Shelly Hinojosa-Maymi, with a medal for her dedication in making it to the American Choral Directors Association Central-North Central Division Honors Choir biennial event.
Sycamore School District 427 Board President Jim Dombek awards Sycamore Middle School seventh grader Shelly Hinojosa-Maymi, with a medal for her dedication in making it to the American Choral Directors Association Central-North Central Division Honors Choir biennial event.

SYCAMORE – Sycamore School Board President Jim Dombek awarded medals to four of the Sycamore Middle School students who will participate in an honors choir in March.

Lilly Faulhaber, Shelly Hinojosa-Maymi, Gabriel Jovanovich and Kaitlyn Ryder stood in front of the Sycamore District 427 School Board while Dombek placed a medal around each one of them Tuesday night at Sycamore School District’s school board meeting at Sycamore Middle School.

They looked excited to be on stage, just as, Brian Kowalski, choir director for Sycamore Middle School, was excited for them to be picked from about 3,000 students in the Midwest – from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio – to participate in the American Choral Directors Association Central-North Central Division Honors Choir at its biennial conference in Milwaukee.

Kowalski gushed about the students and the dedication they showed in earning the trip to Milwaukee.

“They’re talented singers,” he said. “A lot of this audition is prepared independently. While I supported them, they did a lot of the work on their own. It was quite an undertaking and I’m proud of their extra work and their accomplishment.”

Nicole Stuckert raised the topic of a dump truck for the school board, which the board voted, 7-0, to approve. The only board discussion was a question if the winning bid, Kunes Country – out of Delavan, Wis. – was local enough to be used if the truck needed to be serviced.

“The next piece I have is the purchase of a dump truck,” Stuckert said. “We’ve been talking about dump trucks for a long time and now we’re going to start that possibility.”

The board approved a vehicle replacement plan March 12, Stuckert said, that consisted of two maintenance trucks and a dump truck.

“We were able to secure the two maintenance trucks through the state bid process,” Stuckert told the board.

She said at that time, the district’s bid for fiscal 2019 was done for the dump trucks, and a new contract for fiscal 2020 had not been awarded yet.

Stuckert said that put the district in an in-between stage where it had to wait for fiscal 2020 contract to be awarded through the state.

Stuckert said the district bid out for the truck per state statute. She said the financing already was approved and that the district currently has the money, so it had to do the bidding.

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