Much gets approved at Elsberry R-II School Board meeting

It was possibly one of the most informational meetings the Elsberry School Board has faced in quite some time, as they all met on Thursday, June 13 for their monthly meeting.

Board members present were Kandi Kinsler, Alan Lagemann, School Board President Sean O’Brien, Mark Rhoades, Matt Jones, Mike Bange and John Boedeker. Others present were Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D; Anne Anthony, Elementary Principal Toni Wankel, Middle School Principal Jason Miller, High School Principal Steve Hill and several visitors.

O’Brien called the meeting to order and recognized the visitors. He allowed them the opportunity to speak on any item not currently on the agenda. With no items to discuss and with no amendments to be made to the agenda Rhoades moved and Lagemann seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the May meeting, the payment of bills and the Middle School and High School Student Handbooks.

Dr. Reller then proceeded to give the monthly financial report stating an operating balance of $2,441,788.36.

“Attendance is trending the same as it has been all year,” explained Dr. Reller. “ADA is around 738, which is up from last year.”

He then went on to report that he and Miller are still doing MO-LEAD training.

Moving on to the next item on the agenda was a construction update by Jim Russell, Representative for Septagon and KRJ.

“Overall, things are tracking on schedule,” said Russell. “The crew did find an asbestos issue in the old high school classrooms. Testing has been done and DNR has been notified.”

Based on Russell’s report, Boedeker moved and Lagemann seconded the motion to approve the bid from Envirotech in the amount of $65,805 to remove the asbestos. Lagemann then moved and Jones seconded the motion to hire Sitex Environmental for Air Monitoring/Air Testing.

Next on the agenda was the FY14 Preliminary Budget. Jones moved and Rhoades seconded the motion to approve the preliminary budget for 2013-2014 as presented with a $300 increase in the base salary schedule with steps for certificated staff and a two percent increase for non-certificated and administrative staff. Dr. Reller then handed out policy updates to be approved in July.

Moving on to other items, Lagemann moved and Boedeker seconded the motion to declare the following as surplus property: lot of bricks from the retaining wall from the Ag building (approximately 500-700 bricks) and two unit heaters from the elementary gym. The board also approved a bid from Midwest Transit for a new bus and the Purchasing Card Program as presented.

Before going into executive session, the board set a special board meeting date at 7 p.m. on June 27. There being no further business to come before the board, Jones moved and Lagemann seconded the motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of hiring, firing, discipline or promotion of employees pursuant to 610.02(3).

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:36 am