The Pierce City R-6 Board of Education authorized the refinancing of bonds from 2006 at the December board meeting, taking advantage of lower interest rates.
Superintendent Russ Moreland explained that the district was now able to repurchase some of its earlier bond debt and arrange new financing.
"This combined with the prepayment of $55,000 we approved in 2009 will generate a net savings of about $176,633 for the life of the bonds," Moreland stated.
The only other major action taken at the meeting involved approving a variety of board policies, most of which had been submitted by the Missouri School Boards Association. Board Secretary Debbie Hogan said most of the changes brought the district in line with legislative changes and legal precedents from earlier in the year.
One local policy formally changed the board's regular meeting date from the fourth Thursday to the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Presentations planned for the meeting were postponed until the January meeting due to the death of teacher Doug Weatherly.
Food service changes
Moreland reported he is moving forward with putting the food service contract up for bid. He has held discussions with the Opaa food service company about taking over Pierce City's program. Opaa already serves the Monett and Verona school districts. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will have to approve the district soliciting bids from a food service management company first.
Representatives from Opaa will meet with the district's food service staff on Jan. 11, 2011. Moreland expected to have bids to present at the Feb. 23, 2011, board meeting.
The maintenance staff planned to replace ceiling tile in the elementary offices over the Christmas break. Moreland indicated the current tile was sagging in several places.
High School Principal Steve Garner reported he had 209 students enrolled. Attendance for the first semester was 96.5 percent. Twenty-seven students signed up to take the ACT test on Dec. 11.
|A new dual credit arrangement has been completed with Crowder College. Students enrolled in personal finance and desktop publishing can receive college credit if they choose to attend Crowder, Garner said.|
Elementary Principal Teresa Abramovitz reported around 80 senior citizens from the district attended the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon. Students from kindergarten to second grade went as a group to Missouri Southern State University to watch a production of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Elementary students heard a program on Dec. 8 by representatives from the Southwest Community Alliance on car safety and the use of safety belts. Abramovitz also said the Neosho Rotary Club donated dictionaries for all third grade students.
The board will next meet on Jan. 26, 2011.