The Monett R-1 Board of Education has placed plans to build at Monett High School on hold. The decision was made at the board's January meeting.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann reported the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has accepted the district's application for funding of two storm shelters. One would be combined into the high school plan to expand the weight and wrestling room. The other would serve the middle school.
Jungmann said both projects would serve two campuses. A shelter at the high school could provide safety for students at the Southwest Area Career Center. A shelter at Monett Middle School could also accommodate students at Monett Intermediate School.
FEMA support would depend on the availability of funds, Jungmann said. Board members agreed to ask architect Pam Haldiman, with Sapp Design Associates, to put her drawings for the high school on hold for a month. During that time, Jungmann planned to explore other funding options in case the district chose to move forward without waiting for FEMA money.
The site of a shelter for the middle school and intermediate school remains open. Jungmann said the board wants to work with Haldiman to develop an overall plan that will combine the additional properties purchased near the campus with a long-range solution to the traffic problem.
Work around the middle school moved forward as the board opened bids for removal of the two houses purchased on the west side of Eighth Street, north of Scott. After requesting bids for removing the houses, the only bids received were for demolition. Olen Morris had the low bid and won the contract. Jungmann anticipated work would be finished in the next two weeks.
Looking at recent construction, Jungmann reported work at Monett Elementary and Central Park Elementary has moved into touch-up items on the final punch list. He expected work to be "wrapping up any day."
The demolition of the old preschool building, south of the former office at Monett Elementary, left another unresolved issue in where to place the memorial to long-time principal Mary Helen Willhoite, for whom the elementary campus has been named.
"We have several monuments on the Monett Elementary campus that we need to be moving to fit with the new layout," Jungmann said. "As we get into the summer, we'll try to figure out how to do that best."
Board members set the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11 as the time for conducting walk-throughs of all the campuses to create the master plan for the next five to 10 years. Jungmann said they will look for projects to put on their list. He hoped to have a facilities plan prepared by the summer.
Board members completed their annual evaluation of the superintendent's performance and voted to extend Jungmann's contract for another year, keeping him on a rolling three-year commitment.
Three resignations were accepted. Trish Henry resigned as DELTA instructor at the Southwest Area Career Center and as varsity volleyball coach. Terry Black resigned as librarian for Monett Intermediate and Monett Middle School. Mona Ingle submitted a letter of retirement, having taught math at the middle school for many years.
Board members approved a policy concerning the naming or renaming of district facilities. Under the guidelines of the policy, board members David Beckett, Marty Scabarozi and Ken Gaspar were named to a committee with Russ Moreland, director of the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC), to study alternative names for the vocational-technical school.
Since the local unemployment office took on the name Missouri Career Center, Jungmann said there has been confusion about having two "career centers" in Monett. He said the committee will look for alternative names that represent the district's mission at SWACC.
Property left over after remodeling and refurnishing at Monett Elementary was placed on the surplus property list. Desks, chairs, old TVs and a projector, among other items, will be offered for sale to the public.
The board's next regular meeting will be on Feb. 23.