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Friday, July 6, 2012

As part of the summer work projects around the Monett R-1 School District, the lights in the high school gym are being replaced with a new generation of energy efficient lamps. Matt Curry, from Bill's Electric, carefully brought down the 54 old lights one at a time from the ceiling. Curry said each of the old 400-watt lamps generated as much heat as a space heater. The new lights will generate no additional heat to compete with the room's air conditioning. Curry said the same number of new lights will produce greater illumination at less cost. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Monett R-1 Board of Education completed hiring the instructional staff for the coming school year at the regular monthly meeting in June.

Resignations were accepted from band director Danika White and middle school teacher Erin Duggan.

Beth Garrett-Dillon was hired to be the career education coordinator at the Southwest Area Career Center. Garrett-Dillon will work for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and will be paid by the Monett district. She will work with each school district to see that their students are ready to enter the workforce.

Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said Garrett-Dillon, the daughter of Joe Garrett, is a Monett High School graduate and makes a welcome addition to the staff by returning. She has been a business instructor at the career and technical center in Carthage.

Tony Howell, a recent graduate from Southwest Baptist University, was hired to teach social studies and science at Monett Middle School.

Sarah Davis was hired as a speech implementor for early childhood students. She previously held a similar position with the Neosho School District.

Facilities improvements

With staffing issues resolved, board members received updates on facilities issues. Incoming superintendent Brad Hanson reported poles for the new lights at Burl Fowler Stadium would arrive on July 18. The lights were expected to be in place by Aug. 1.

Work has been underway converting the city's former gymnastics center into a new athletic practice center. The building will be called the Monett Athletic Center, or commonly referred to as the Mac.

Bill Doss has been doing the preparation work for installing the turf carpet in mid-July. The gymnastics pit has been filled with gravel and the party room under the balcony has been converted into a locker room. Jungmann expected the building would be ready for use in early August.

At the high school, holes have been punched in the wall between the old wrestling room and the weight room to expand the weight room across the entire space. New flooring and weight racks will be installed at the end of the month.

In the high school gymnasium, Tectum acoustic panels are being installed on the walls to reduce the echo. Lapendary panels are being hung from the ceiling. The 15-year-old ceiling lights are being replaced with brighter, energy efficient bulbs.

At Monett Elementary School, work on the ceiling and lighting in the kitchen, as well as replacing the freezer represented the final steps in upgrading the facility.

Pam Haldiman, architect with Sapp Design Associates, and engineer Dave Riley with Colvin-Jones-Davis in Springfield provided an update on their examination of the high school's ground source heating and cooling system. Water leaks from pipes in the ceiling revealed some of the lines delivering chilled and heated water had become precariously fragile.

Board members approved hiring Gold Mechanical to drain the ground source system and replace the branching pipes that show significant deterioration. In the process, they will install seven isolation valves so that parts of the system can be taken down at a time for maintenance.

While the system is drained, the engineers will continue their analysis of the system. Jungmann said pipe replacement should resolve the immediate concern. The engineers planned to look at the well field for other potential problems and return to the board at one of the next two meetings with a more thorough assessment.

"Our system is 15-plus years old," Jungmann said. "The average system only lasts 20 to 25 years. Repairs this summer will cost an estimated $30,000. The rest of the work will probably be done next summer."

Adminstrative action

In other action, the board approved a surplus property list, putting the old lights from Burl Fowler Stadium and sewing machines no longer needed up for sale.

Sarah Garner and David Miller, who directed the summer school program, said the session had gone well. Attendance was at its highest point in four years.

Summer school for the last three years has added 64 students to the count on which school funding for the year is based. Jungmann expected up to 10 students may be added from this summer's numbers.

Hanson provided board members with the back-to-school and new teacher orientation schedules that will be mailed to staff with their updated contracts for the new school year.

A group of policy changes submitted by the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) were submitted for review. Changes in policy were based on revised laws and court rulings. Policies requiring action by July 1 were approved on an emergency basis, such as the requirement that district pass information on allegations of sex offenses to prospective employers of former staff.

Ken Gaspar was named as the board's new representative to the MSBA, succeeding Mark Coatney.

This was Jungmann's final meeting prior to taking a new position with the Liberty School District. The board gave Jungmann University of Arkansas memorabilia to help him remember his roots in the area.

"It was a great finish to my time here," Jungmann said. "I left the board with a lot of well wishes. I hope I will get to see some tremendous strides in Monett in the future. You've got a great team in place and the board has a great vision for the program.

"I will miss it deeply. It's been a great 10 years. I will treasure the relationships and will be returning to visit," Jungmann added.

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Arkansas memorabilia? Really? Pretty sure that Monett is in Missouri. That is disgusting!

-- Posted by sgtg32 on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 1:33 PM

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