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Bid dates set for Pierce City school building project

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pierce City School Board members heard a presentation from a building committee member and set the date to receive bids on the school's building project during a Sept. 24 meeting.

Kevin Hatfield, chair of the Committee for Neighborhood Schools, presented school board members with a brief update on the committee's campaign for Pierce City's middle school building. The voluntary community committee was formed to assist in getting school bonds passed.

According to Hatfield, members of the committee have "made several presentations" about the proposal, which includes construction of a two-story middle school building and a vocational agriculture building, which would include an agricultural shop and classes for Pierce City FFA students.

Hatfield said, while the school can provide information to the public about such an issue, public money cannot be spent to promote a "yes" vote from citizens. Hatfield, who has been out in the community promoting the project, said committee members have been raising money for signage and promotional material.

In addition, Hatfield commended school board members for attending the building committee meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Pierce City High School Cafeteria.

In other business, Architect Jim Rutledge from Werner and Associates was present to provide board members with an update on the new district-funded art and music room building project. Rutledge told board members he expects two dozen or more bids will be submitted.

According to Rutledge, the documents defining the project have been completed. Copies of drawings and specifications and other proposed contract documents are on file at Werner and Associates in Springfield.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, architect Richard Werner, of Werner and Associates, told The Monett Times sealed bids for the new addition will be accepted until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Pierce City High School library. This is a change from the original date of Oct. 6.

The awarding of the contract will be done during a special meeting of the Pierce City School Board, which will be held after the opening bid date. In the superintendent's report, Russ Moreland told board members the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence (SWCEE) will be hosting the annual Celebration of Schools on Monday, Nov. 2. The event, which recognizes award winners, will include dinner and entertainment. Moreland noted the Pierce City School District may have someone nominated for an award.

Additionally, Moreland said the school's budget situation continues to be of major concern, noting that $447,482 of the district's basic formula money is being paid out of federal stimulus money for the school year.

With the district's operating levy at the minimum amount of $2.75, Moreland said the ability to stay competitive with surrounding schools remains difficult. If the district's operating levy was at $3.00, for example, it would generate approximately $87,500 for Pierce City's School District.

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pierce City High School library.



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