Jenny Garner memorial discussed at board meeting
Members of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education will have the opportunity to tour the middle school construction site during their June meeting, to see how the project is progressing.
Richard Werner, architect with Werner and Associates, said that rain delays had slowed the project somewhat, and the completion date had been pushed back to July 25.
Werner reported having a discussion with Bryce Garner concerning a memorial to his late daughter, Jenny.
Werner told the board his idea of incorporating an outside seating area in front of the building into an area of reflection, and planting a pink dogwood as the focus of the site.
"The dogwood will be appropriate for the area," Werner said. "The nice thing about the dogwood is it blooms in the spring, around the time of graduation. It's when that tree comes alive."
Superintendent Dr. Aaron Cornman said he would review the district's policy concerning memorials with the board and he would abide by the board's decision.
"So it looks ready to go this fall?" asked Jim Barchak, board president.
"Weather is not really a factor now," said Werner. "The windows and drywall has been installed on the second floor. Things are moving along well."
Cornman told board members he was working on determining how many white boards, chalkboards and other desks and equipment would be necessary to furnish the classrooms.
"We have received a $2,000 grant to start equipping the middle school science room," Cornman said.
In other business:
* Board members approved having an athletic trainer attend each of the football practices and home games and the annual basketball tournament to provide immediate treatment of injuries sustained during games. Cost of the trainer will be $1,920.
* Board members heard the high school and junior high football teams were in need of new equipment, including football helmets, shoulder pads and chin straps. The equipment has been written into the school's annual budget.
* The gymnasium floor needs stripped, sanded and finished, a project Cornman said was scheduled for June. Approximately $6,000 of the project costs would come from concession stand sales. Cornman said the district would have to come up with approximately $6,000 to complete the project.
* The board heard about construction work on the vo-ag building. Siding and roofing are currently going into place on the new facility.
* Board members set a cap of $350 paid per employee for insurance premiums, with the option for the board to revisit the matter annually in the event of premium increases. Projected costs for board paid insurance for the next school year is $438,525.
* The board approved paying $18.07 per employee premium over the cap for insurance coverage for the coming year.
* Board members tabled setting school breakfast and lunch prices until final figures can be determined.
"I would urge the board to start thinking about revenues and salaries as we start to work on the budget next month," said Cornman.
The next meeting of the Pierce City Board of Education will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in the office of the superintendent.