June 6, 2002

School Board Seeking Bids For Possible 2003 Projects

The Scotland County R-I School Board will consider a number of capital improvements at its next meeting after approving the solicitation of bids for four possible purchases. Members voted 7-0 to seek cost estimates for a new school bus, commercial lawn mower and walk-in freezer. The board will also consider prices for separation curtain for the high school gym to allow the facility to be used by more than one team at a time.

Superintendent LeRoy Huff indicated that the board feels it is important that the school's physical facilities be kept in excellent condition.

"Even though the figures for the district are restricted for fiscal year 2002-2003, the Board felt it was imperative that bids be solicited in order to assure that proper maintenance and safety occur," Huff said.

The board scheduled a special meeting June 17 to open all bids and review the prices. They will also take advantage of the time to review the current budget prior to the close of the fiscal year at the end of the month.

In a related matter, the board unanimously approved a proposal to seal the school's paved parking lot at the high school. The contractor who installed the hard surface lot four years ago will do the sealing at a cost of $4,512.50.

Teachers Hired

Two new teachers were added to the SCR-I staff during executive session of the meeting. Kelly Danilson was hired for elementary school physical education and Roxanne Hoover will fill the junior high and high school science vacancy. Both were hired by unanimous votes.

Student Insurance

Lawrence E. Smith and Associates of St. Louis submitted a proposal to offer accident insurance coverage for SCR-I students. The policy will be available for purchase by students. The school-time plan is $10 with a 24-hour coverage policy at a $38 cost. The varsity tackle football plan costs $39. All policies may add dental coverage for an additional $3.

All students participating in extra-curricular activities must have evidence of insurance coverage.

The board voted 7-0 to offer the voluntary coverage option to all students for the academic year.

Lease Continuation

The board offered into the minutes of the meeting (as required by the financial agreement) its commitment to continue the lease purchase agreement with Bank of New York. The agreement made possible the financing for the 1992 addition to the North School building.

Procedural Moves

The board accepted the special education assurances as presented by director Rhonda McBee. The move is required to receive federal funding for the programs.

The board also approved the procedural evaluations for technology, the gifted program, and Title I.

The final paperwork move was the approval of an over expenditure resolution for the 2002-2003 fiscal budget. The move is required by state law anytime a district exceeds its budgets expenditures.

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