August 5, 2004

Construction Issues Top Busy July Agenda For School Board

The Scotland County R-I Board of Construction? Itís really the board of education but the July 29 meeting of the school board dealt with a number of building issues in a relatively full agenda.

The lone cement bid for the new building trades class was reviewed by the board. The bid was from Hamlin Construction out of Edina, for $40,800. The price included the basement, lagoon and septic tank. The Board accepted the bid as presented.

Booster Club President, Chris Harris was present at the board meeting to discuss the possibility of expanding the weight room.

Last month the Board discussed the addition and no action was taken, as members indicated they needed more information before making a decision.

Harris presented the Board with all information in question. The cost of the addition is projected to be $10,622 with no cost to the district.

The Board voted to accept the proposal as delivered by Harris.

Lucas Remley, a homeowner in the Mi-Lor subdivision just west of the high school, was present at the board meeting. Acting as a representative of homeowners from the 12 properties built by the schoolís building trades classes, Remley inquired about curbing the streets of the recently completed addition.

The board concurred there was an agreement between the school and the city of Memphis to curb the addition once the construction had been finished. Remley pointed out that a Memphis city ordinance states curbing will be installed by the developer. The ordinance also stipulates that the city reimburse the developer for a portion of the cost. In this case, the city would reimburse SCR-I (the developer) for the curbing at $7.00 per foot.

The Board voted to advertise for bids for the curbing project contingent upon an agreement with the city council to make the partial reimbursement.

Executive Session

The Board had several items to consider in executive session.

The Board voted 7-0 to offer employment to the non-certified staff.

The Board voted 6-0 to hire Terry Arnold as food service director with Scott Brassfield absent from the room since Terry is his mother-in-law. The Board voted 7-0 to give approval to the Principals and Federal Programs Director to offer employment on an as needed basis to the districtís instructional aides until the Board can meet in August and consider their recommendations.

The Board voted 7-0 to offer the AD/COE position to Ryan Brown.

The Board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Doug Baker for the P.E. vacancy and to Ivonne Wiegand for high school Spanish, pending certification and passing background checks.

The Board voted 7-0 to eliminate the position of District Maintenance Director.

The Board voted 7-0 to assign coaching and extra duty positions to the following people: Terri Slaughter Ė Varsity Softball; Chris Montgomery Ė Assistant Varsity Football; Doug Baker- Jr. High Football; Jr. High Basketball and Jr. High Track; Jenny Little/Terry Bulen - Varsity Cheerleading; Carol McCabe Ė FBLA Sponsor; Jo Beth Harvey Ė Assistant Jr. High Softball and Jr. High Girls Track; Andrea Dabney Ė Varsity Girls Track

After discussion about the personnel situation and the current enrollment numbers for kindergarten and first grade for the upcoming school year. The Board voted 7-0 to have two Kindergarten sections and three First grade sections. As of August 3 there were 52 kindergartners enrolled and 54 first graders, meaning there will be 26 per class in kindergarten and 18 per class in the three first grade rooms.

Tuition Rates

The Board voted to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2004-05. The rate for 7-12 tuition will be $6,345 and the elementary tuition was set at $4,537. Tuition rates for fiscal year 2003-04 were $6,203 at the secondary level and $4,435 for elementary school tuition.

Tax Rate Hearing

The annual tax rate hearing was set for August 26th at 6:15 p.m. prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Education.

An annual hearing must be held before the tax rate for the new fiscal year can be established.

Staff Breakfast

For the past several years the Board has hosted a breakfast welcoming the annual staff to the beginning of a new year.

The Board voted to host this annual breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on August 17th in the H.S. commons.

Board Workshop

The Board set a September 16th date for the annual fall workshop. No action will be taken at the workshop, which is for planning purposes only.

MSBA Updates

The Board voted to approve the recent MSBA policy updates as presented by MSBA.

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