The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 9, 2017.  President Trinity Davis called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with five members present, Mr. Tippett and Mr. Triplett were absent.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 5-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda: Minutes from October 11, 2017 meeting; Approve Updated Sub List; Set Board Candidate Filing Dates; Approve Procedural Evaluations; Approve MSBA Policies 2017C

Old Business

Financial Report

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson reported year-to-date revenues total $1,218,311.48, which is an increase of $40,773.44 from last year. “This revenue is mostly from the state,” Bergeson told the board.

Year-to-date expenditures are $1,826,407.80, which is an increase of $65,648.49 from last year.

“This leaves a deficit, year-to-date, of $608,096.32,” he stated. “This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January.”

Snow Removal Bids

The board voted 5-0 to approve the snow removal bid from The Snow Man as presented for the 2017-18 snow season.

Facility Projects

The board voted 5-0 to hire Klingner & Associates, P.C. Architectural Group to start the preliminary design, construction documents and bidding documents for facility construction and upgrades for 10% of construction fees not to exceed $100,000.00.

The fee includes architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil cite design. The motion carried by a 5-0 vote.

Bergeson indicated the district is seeking to move forward with a proposal to construct a small building addition between the high school and the elementary school to connect both buildings, adding much needed classroom space.

The plan also calls for the creation of an improved library/ media center that will increase access to technology for students and staff.

The engineers will also be asked for options on updating the exterior of the “Ag building”, with plans to relocate the band room to the former shop rooms in this building, requiring additional renovations to the facility.

“Currently we are looking at lease/purchase type options to fund these proposed projects, which will be dependent upon keeping costs as low as possible to allow existing funding levels and reserves to pay for it all,” said Bergeson.

A more complete report on the proposed improvements will be published in next week’s newspaper.

New Business

MSIP 5 Results

The board reviewed the districts MSIP 5 results and the outstanding achievement on this year’s annual yearly progress.  The district recorded a 98.9 score on its annual report card from the state, which measures the school’s academic achievement and college and career readiness of students

“Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff, and students on a job well done,” Bergeson stated.

Rosetta Stone

The board voted 5-0 to approve the contract with Rosetta Stone for $45,171.00 to provide the district’s foreign language curriculum. It will provide 90 licenses for a 3-year term, with a 30% discount, and is good through the 18-19, 19-20, and 20-21 school years.

Cintas Proposal

The board voted 5-0 to accept the proposal made by Cintas to provide the district with entry rugs and janitorial supplies.

December Meeting

The board voted 5-0 to set the December board meeting for Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Open session adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

In closed session the following items were approved:

Closed session minutes, October 11, 2017; Closed Special minutes, October 12, 2017.