Although some challenges remain, members of the Snake River School Board approved a resolution regarding a new well at the middle school on Tuesday night.
Facilities manager Alden Hale gave an update on the well, which will provide drinking water to the school before board members conditionally approved the resolution.
"It may not be done by the time school starts (on Aug. 12)," Hale said. He said the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has not yet approved a required variance to its requirements.
Hale and board members agreed it would be unwise to proceed without that approval.
The board members asked Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk to call DEQ headquarters in Boise this morning to find out how to expedite the process.
Citing a Facility Planning Study completed in June, Hale said the district plans to use the well currently in use for irrigation while adding a new well for drinking water production. He said the work should proceed quickly once the approvals are in hand.
In other action, board members approved in-district transfers of a few teachers and approved the hiring of other teachers from outside the district. They also approved the pay scale based upon experience for each of those teachers.
Teachers new to the district include Wayne Adams, who will teach junior high English; Kammile Watt, who will teach high school English; and Laura Gabrylczyk, who will teach junior high science.
The next board meeting will be Aug. 21.