The Pierce City School Board made personnel moves and reviewed the district's construction project during the February meeting.
The board voted 3-4 not to renew the extra duty contract with Brad Hocker, who has served as head football coach. The three supporting the contract were James Barchak, Randall Staponski and David Jones. Fred Slagle, Richard Kutz, Kent Boursheski and Mike Zebert voted against renewing the contract.
A one-year contract extension was awarded for Teresa Abramovitz as elementary principal and Steve Garner as high school principal. The vote was 6-1. Board member Fred Slagle said he does not support one-year extensions. Middle School Principal Gayla DeGraffenreid preferred a one-year contract for the coming year, which was approved 7-0.
A one-year contract for Izetta Osmond as special services director was approved by a 6-1 vote, again with Slagle casting the negative vote.
On the building project, Superintendent Russ Moreland reported Denali Construction is presently three or four weeks behind schedule, due to weather issues. Moreland said the builders may be able to gain a week on putting up the new music and art addition on the south side of the gymnasium but will not meet the targeted finish date of May 1.
Additional work surfaced in merging the roof from the old addition with the new. An eight-foot section of decking around a roof heating unit had was damaged by water and was had to be replaced.
Moreland said the contractor hoped to have enough of the new building done to allow access into the gym through the south for commencement exercises in mid-May.
This week the superintendent's office, located in the gym extension onto which the new building is being attached, was vacated so that all the asbestos tile could be removed at once. Moreland and his office staff relocated about three weeks ahead of schedule into the former cafeteria on the northwest corner of the campus. The nurse's office, special education class and the room used two days a week for physical and occupational therapy were displaced in the process.
The board voted to amend its cafeteria plan under the medical insurance policy. Board secretary Deborah Hogan explained the change would reduce paperwork. Employees would be able to take money from their pay and place it onto a debit card that can be used for expenses at the medical provider's office.
Moreland expected to have the calendar for the 2010-11 school year ready for the March 25 meeting. Two representatives from each building were providing input on the schedule.
In looking ahead to summer school, Moreland asked the board to consider dropping bus service. The cost last year was $17,000. Moreland felt the transportation expense was a way to cut back without eliminating the program.
Concern about the budget prompted Moreland to ask administrators to be very careful about spending as the year progresses. A 5 percent reduction in Proposition C sales tax money will drop district income by $30,000.
Golubski Roofing has been finishing repairs on the middle school roof. Moreland said the $5,440 job includes installing a half-inch of insulation, two-ply fiberglass felt and reflashing walls on two sides.
DeGraffenreid reported an academic intervention process has been started at the middle school. Staff were meeting with students who had insufficient grades to discuss problems and improvement strategies.
Teachers from several campuses on the Professional Learning Committee participated in the Powerful Learning Conference in Tan-Tar-A.
A total of 57 district employees participated in a health fair. Abramovitz said the fair represented an excellent opportunity for a health assessment at little cost.
Board members received a written report on the preschool program that presently serves an average of 60 children. While the program offers expanding opportunities to serve more students, transportation and facilities remain major needs, the report stated.