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R-1 Board reviews construction work on two campuses

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The above view of the new entrance to the commons and office at Monett Elementary School shows the scope of the work presently underway. The framework for the new canopy is in place and awaiting the covering due to arrive this week. A similar canopy without the wings will be added at the west entrance of Central Park Elementary. Crews poured concrete for the sidewalk on Monday morning. The framework for the sidewalk at front left shows the depth of the driveway before the base rock at right was distributed in advance of the final asphalt surface. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Monett R-1 Board of Education reviewed construction progress and program development at its July meeting.

Pam Haldiman, architect with Sapp Design Associates, provided a timeline on the completion of work at the Monett Elementary School. Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann expected to review the punch list of work still needed on the kindergarten and first grade wing on July 26. Moving in is scheduled for Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. Furniture will arrive over the next several weeks.

The second graders will stay in the same classrooms they used last year while their wing on the west side of the building is finished. He said it now looks like the second graders will be able to move into their new classes by Thanksgiving, rather than waiting for mid-year.

The above view shows the new gym at Monett Elementary School, constructed by standards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to serve as a safe room from severe storms. The gym is the first FEMA-approved storm shelter in Monett and the first located west of Central Avenue. The floor is being laid in the gym this week. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The library, next to the second grade wing, has been relocated into a classroom for the start of school. Shelving for the library will begin arriving in October. Jungmann hoped to have the new library open by the end of the month.

Flooring on the gymnasium and the cafeteria were being laid this week. The cover over the canopy at the entrance is due this week as well.

Work crews were pouring sidewalks at the beginning of the week. Jungmann said Vaughn Construction would finish dirtwork around the entrance then lay base rock in the driveways, after which asphalt could be laid. Presently the curbs are 10 inches high.

Hallways are being installed for the first time at Monett Elementary with the new additions. A splash of color on the floor tiles will serve as another innovation for students returning on Aug. 17. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
At Central Park Elementary, Jungmann said the ceiling grid was in place and new lighting in the hallways. Lighting would be in the cafeteria by the end of the week. Both the hallways and gymnasium were much brighter with new lights, he said.

The floor tile selected for the job was out of stock. The second option will arrive later this week. Haldiman assured the board the building would be ready for the opening of school on Aug. 17.

Board members voted to move forward with adding a canopy on the west entrance at Central Park, an alternate to the original contract. The design would have a similar look to the entrance at Monett Elementary without the wings, Jungmann said. Work on this part of the job would continue after classes begin.

Enrollment for the coming year is expected to rise by 1 or 2 percent. Jungmann anticipated some influx of families from Joplin, though not enough to require major adjustments.

House project

Board members toured the construction technology house located on the southwest corner of Eighth and Scott streets. They were impressed with the work done by the Southwest Area Career Center students and approved placing the house for sale. The 1,300-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms will be listed with Keith McCracken's Century 21 agency, through whom the district worked to sell the last house built by the construction technology class.

Jungmann said the board chose to split the three lots at Eighth and Scott into two, selling one now and leaving half for another house. School growth is no longer anticipated in that direction, now that additional properties have been purchased on 10th Street, south of the superintendent's office. Use of the Eighth and Scott land for future parking is no longer essential.

The construction technology class will continue to build houses on its pad behind the Career Center. Jungmann said the design of the next house has been modified to make it easier to move, having learned from difficulties getting under lights and around corners with the last house.

Transportation change

A procedural change will be made in transporting students. Board members discussed how in the past, parents have been allowed to have their children dropped off anywhere they wanted, changing on a daily basis if they wished. Students were switching buses daily.

"We are not a taxi service," Jungmann said. "The old practice raised huge safety issues and a massive opportunity for a mistake or an accident. Plus there's not enough room on buses."

The new policy will only allow students to be dropped off at a primary location, either at the home bus stop or at a babysitter's. An emergency location is also acceptable.

"This may be a little inconvenient," Jungmann said. "Otherwise parents can pick their kids up. There's too many safety issues involved, especially for younger students.

Adminstrative action

Board members approved sending contracts for the year to the school districts sending students to the Career Center. A stable enrollment is projected for the coming year. The Career Center handbook was adopted with one major change, including the new policy on cell phones in use at the high school. Cell phones are now acceptable for specific uses, rather than banned outright.

The board agreed to transfer 7 percent of money from the operating fund to the capital projects fund, a transfer allowed up to that amount at the end of each school year. Jungmann said the district has a little over $1 million in the capital projects fund now. Some money remains from bonds approved to pay for the elementary school improvements.

New administrators have started their duties. Brad Hanson has taken his place as the new high school assistant principal. Russ Moreland has moved into the director's office at the Career Center and started making preparations for the year.

New teacher orientation will run Aug. 1 through Aug. 3. The summer technology institute, presented by the technology department as a crash course on new technologies and strategies, will be offered on Aug. 3. All staff will report back on Aug. 11 for the grand opening prior to classes beginning.

The board will next meet on Aug. 18.

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