Pierce City R-6 School Board members have approved naming the districts new storm shelter for the late Doug Weatherly, the girls basketball coach who died Dec. 13, 2010, just prior to a game at East Newton.
The facility will be called the Doug Weatherly Field-house, and an official ceremony will take place next fall before the first home football game of the season.
In other business, Jim Rutledge, of Werner and Associates Architects, presented a preliminary schematic of the new additions to the district. In April, voters passed both election proposals which provide for a new middle school and vo ag addition to the campus.
Rutledge also assured board members that many of the elements in the current middle school building will be utilized in the new construction.
Rutledge said the construction bids would have to go out by August of this year so that construction could begin in September.
Superintendent Russ Moreland advised board members of an increase in insurance premiums for personnel. According to Moreland, the additional costs will mean an approximate $40,000 increase to the district's insurance budget.
"There is a lot of talk about capping insurance," Moreland said. "I hate to do it, but at this point it's a reality. It's hard. You'll have to think about it before we meet next month."
Moreland also shared concerns about trees that have to be moved prior to construction on the new middle school building.
"There are a couple that we will have to hire someone to come in and remove," Moreland said. "I think our maintenance guys can remove the smaller trees."
Moreland said he would advise waiting until construction is completed on the middle school to replace the trees that have to be removed.
Board members approved contracting with Cox Rehabilitation for a sports medicine agreement that will provide an athletic trainer at football games and during practice in the event a player is injured. Cost of the agreement will be approximately $1,200 per year.
"In a nutshell, the new concussion bill will require anyone with symptoms of a concussion be restricted from participating for 24 hours or until they are checked out," Moreland said. "This offers more protection for our kids."
The agreement will also allow players to be treated for sprains or other injuries received in practice.
Middle School Principal Gayla DeGraffenreid reported that recent school closures due to flooding had impacted students taking Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests. DeGraffenreid also said there were 57 eighth grade students who will be graduating in May.
Graduation exercises for Pierce City seniors will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.