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Local Government

School board offers moment of silence for 2 slain students

ST. CHARLES – During a meeting March 13, the St. Charles School Board and members of the public participated in a moment of silence in recognition of two St. Charles East High School students who were slain three days earlier in a domestic incident.

On March 11 – a Saturday – the day after 16-year-old twins Brittany and Tiffany Coffland died, many East staff went to the school to assist students trying to cope with the tragedy, District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann said during the meeting.

“There has been overwhelming support throughout the district and the community,” Schlomann said.

Schlomann told the board that counselors and therapy dogs were available at the school on March 13 to provide emotional support for students and would be on hand during the rest of the week. He added that the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted a vigil the morning of March 13 to mourn the girls' deaths.

Building improvement bids awarded

Also on March 13, the board approved several capital improvement project bids for work within the district.

The work will include St. Charles North High School Learning Resource Center painting, from Brogan’s Painting Incorporated for $15,670; pavement maintenance at Bell Graham and Corron elementary schools from Evans & Sons Blacktop Inc. for $156,832; and roof replacement at Fox Ridge Elementary School from Malcor Roofing of Illinois Inc. for $370,500.

“All the projects came in under budget," said Business Services Committee Chairman Nick Manheim.

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