The Monett R-1 Board of Education made a wide range of financial decisions and hired teachers for the new year at the April board meeting.
Pam Haldiman, architect with Sapp Design Associates, updated the board on construction progress on the Monett Elementary School project. Work has proceeded on schedule. Brick is being put in place on the second grade wing while roof work has started on the final wing. By the end of next week, Haldiman expected the building could be sealed and crews could begin concentrating on the dry interior work.
The first coat of paint has been placed on the kindergarten-first grade wing. Haldiman said crews have also begun installing the lighting, ceiling grid, heating and air conditioning.
Board members reviewed bids for the wiring and security system on the campus. They awarded the $99,400 wiring contract to Protel from Springfield.
Three bids were reviewed for the security package. The $42,995.62 contract went to I3 Technology from the Joplin area.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann, Monett Elementary Principal Susie Gasser and Assistant Principal Sarah Garner reviewed the furniture bids and worked out additional details in negotiations. The $122,000 furniture package, covering all the classroom furniture, was awarded to Virco, a national vendor.
Jungmann said library and office furnishings, in addition to cabinetry, will still have to be purchased.
Board members asked Haldiman to prepare specifications for summer improvements at Central Park Elementary School. Plans call for replacing the floor and ceiling tile plus lights in the hallways and cafeteria.
Haldiman has looked at the roof situation, which has had a number of leaks. She advised against looking at a total roof replacement, estimating the cost around $300,000. Instead, she recommended trying flashing and other modifications first to fix the problems.
Meal prices increased
Board members voted to increase the price of meals by five cents for the coming year. The cost of breakfast will range from $1.25 to $1.35, depending on the campus, and lunch will cost $1.55 to $1.88.
Tuition rates for students attending the Southwest Area Career Center increased by $55 per student. The cost will be $2,150 per student. The board has raised tuition by $200 a year for the past two years. Having leveled the cost, the board planned smaller cost-of-living increases for the foreseeable future, Jungmann said.
Tuition increases will be higher for students participating in the Junior ROTC and the work experience programs. Jungmann said both programs were not at the same level as the others. The board planned to implement a five-year plan to raise tuition to meet the cost demands.
Summer school plans
Enrollment is currently underway for summer school in the district. Board members authorized holding classes from June 2 to June 24 with practically the same arrangement as last year.
The only major change in summer school will be that the district will not offer bus service this year, since no state reimbursement is available, Jungmann said.
Board members voted to table the proposed transportation contract with Gale Webb and asked Jungmann to seek competitive bids for the service.
"In past years, we have not had many companies willing to provide competition, Jungmann said. "Now we hear that may be changing. We will do our due diligence in looking for options and open sealed bids in May."
Resignations were accepted from Jaclyn Aldrich, an elementary teacher, and Joni Reed, a high school math teacher.
Four teachers were hired. Trish Henry was hired to teach the Delta program at the Southwest Area Career Center and to serve as head volleyball coach. Henry comes to Monett from the Pierce City school district.
Michelle Hogue was hired as a high school science teacher. She has been teaching in the Kansas City area.
Mary Nesbitt was hired to teach at Central Park Elementary. Nesbitt is relocating to the area and has been teaching in Arkansas.
Jessica Wygal was hired as a special education teacher at the elementary level. She comes to Monett from the McDonald County school district.