It was quite an eventful night for the Elsberry R-II School District on Wednesday, May 8. Not only were many school board members, faculty and staffs busy with the night’s FFA Banquet, but also plenty of other business was being held beyond the doors of the high school gymnasium.
Available board members Kandi Kinsler, Alan Lagemann, Mark Rhoades, Matt Jones, Mike Bange and John Boedeker met at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library along with Board Secretary Anne Anthony, High School Principal Steve Hill, Middle School Principal Jason Miller, Elementary Principal Toni Wankel and Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D.
After Vice President Rhoades called the meeting to order Dr. Reller gave his financial report. He also reported attendance continues to trend upwards. He read communications from Deanna Zimmermann, the family of Barbara Howard and the family of Terry Morrow. Dr. Reller then reported the district is working on the PLC model and that committee members will be going to a four-day training at the end of July. After announcing that he and Miller would be continuing their MO-Lead Training, Dr. Reller handed out a budget package where he stated the estimated cost for this summer’s construction projects would be approximately $3.6 million.
“We will be getting a credit of about $20,000 for reduced usage once the new lighting is installed,” said Dr. Reller. “Work will be starting May 13 in the locker room/weight room downstairs. After 3 p.m., they will work on the second floors removing ceiling tiles to start measuring for duct work.”
The high school gymnasium will be used to store classroom equipment over the summer.
Before moving on to major business, Lagemann and Boedeker moved and seconded the motion to approve the purchase of a 2010 bus from Midwest Transit as presented. Boedeker and Jones also moved and seconded the motion to approve the addition of the Middle School National Honor Society position to the extra duty schedule at two percent per sponsor. Dr. Reller then handed out preliminary budget information to the board showing two scenarios; the first showing a step increase for the teachers and a one percent increase for non-certificated employees and administration. The second scenario calls for a step and $300 increase to the base for teachers and two percent for non-certificated staff and administration.
Following a report from Joe Hensley and principals, Boedeker and Rhoades moved and seconded a motion to adapt the following resolution: AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE ISSUANCE AND DELIVERY OF $4,500,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2013 (MISSOURI DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM), OF THE ELSBERRY R-II SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FUNDS TO COMPLETE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING LIGHTING UPGRADES AND WINDOW REPLACEMENT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND OLD HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS AND HEATING; TO COMPLETE VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM UPGRADES TO THE EXISTING FACILITIES OF THE DISTRICT AND TO COMPLETE OTHER REMODELING AND REPAIR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING FACILITIES OF THE DISTRICT AND TO PAY THE COST OF ISSUANCE THEREOF; PRESCRIBING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF SAID BONDS; AND PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF AN ANNUAL TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON SAID BONDS AS THEY BECOME DUE; AUTHORIZING THE DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN A DIRECT DEPOSIT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI TO SUPPORT PAYMENT OF THE BONDS; AND FIXING THE TIME WHEN THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE.
There being no further business to come before the board, Mark Rhoades moved and Alan 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). However, the board would go back into open session where Lagemann and Boedeker moved and seconded to adopt the following resolution, entitled as follows: RESOLUTION RESCINDING THE AUTHORIZATION MADE BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON AUGUST 8, 2012 TO PREPAY ON MARCH 1, 2014, $75,000 OF PRINCIPAL MATURING ON MARCH 1, 2017 OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS SERIES 2011.
The board then voted, unanimously to go back into executive and called the meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on June 12 in the high school library.
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