November 4, 2004

School Board Approves Sale Of Building Trades Home

Typically the board of education delegates how the districts money is spent, but at the October 28th meeting the Scotland County R-I School Board voted on a couple of agenda items that will make the school money.

The board received one bid for the schools building trades house. The bid of $125,000 was received from Ken and Michella Hull. As the bid met the boards established floor price, the sale was approved by a 7-0 vote.

The home, located on the districts ground just north of the schools bus barn on Highway 15, is currently under construction by SCR-I students in the building trades classes under the direction of instructor Mike Hyde.

The district also will be receiving some added revenue from the sale of surplus property. The board voted 7-0 to accept the highest bids for three MIG welders the school no longer utilizes.

A total of five bids were received. Welders were sold to David Jackson for $901.50, Jeremy Hinds for $850 and Kent Mallett for $840. Unsuccessful bids were also received from Bruce Wells ($835) and Freddie Henderson ($702.50).

Of course the board also had to approve some expenditures, the largest of which was the tuck pointing project for the elementary school.

Only one bid was received for the project. KARR Tuck Pointing was awarded the contract for $58,124 as the board recognized the priority to repair the north school building to preserve the structure. The project will be billed out of two fiscal years, 2004-05 and 2005-06 and will begin this summer.

Reading First

SCR-I Reading Coach Sarah Myers was present at the October board meeting for a presentation on the Reading First program. She demonstrated one of the districts new Smart Boards that are found in each of the Read First classrooms at the elementary school. The new technology was made possible through an addition to the reading first grant.

Myers explained the program, discussing the process each grade level uses to teach reading to the districts students in kindergarten through third grade.

Accounting

The board voted 7-0 to implement electronic signatures for district checks. The schools central office utilizes the Lemberger accounting program, which can electronically sign checks. Prior to implementing this program, a stamp was used to sign checks.

The process was discussed with the districts auditor as well as bank officials and all involved parties agreed the transition was acceptable.

Reduced Schedules

Three students were granted early release and another will be allowed to take a reduced schedule in the second semester. The board voted 7-0 to allow the three students to graduate at semester and to allow the reduced schedule for the fourth applicant. The applications were approved by the high school counselor and principal prior to earning board approval.

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