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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.