Check presented for Jenny Garner memorial

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Julie and Bryce Garner were special guests at the June meeting of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education, to present a check in the amount of $1,000 to be used toward the construction of the Jenny Garner memorial.

Jenny Garner, a senior at Pierce City High School, died in January of this year.

Architects have envisioned a small garden area with a pink dogwood or ornamental maple. The area would include plain paver stones that can be removed and replaced with engraved pavers to commemorate future student losses in the district.

The $1,000 was comprised of a $500 donation from Efco, a Pella Company, and $500 from Pella, headquartered in Pella, Iowa.

The architect, Richard Werner, of Werner and Associates, has submitted drawings of a low retaining wall topped by capstones, like those in use for the planters in front of the doorways, for a partially enclosed area in which the focal point would be the tree.

"The area would benefit students waiting for parents to pick them up from school or those wishing to rest there for a few moments of quiet reflection," Werner said. "It would blend into the existing structures of the new middle school area."

Werner advised board members that the contractor was ready to start working on the project in an effort to have the entire building project done in time for classes to start in August.

"Simple ideas make the biggest impact," Werner said. "We were challenged on this memorial, and it's not something we took lightly. This is not just a plaque, it's something people will use every day."

In other presentations, Dr. Aaron Cornman, superintendent, presented Kenny O'Hara a plaque recognizing his 16 years of service as a football coach for the district.

Board members got down to business, discussing the new security and data systems for the school.

The security system will have 16 cameras at various locations and entrance points on the campus that feed into a DVR loop. The system, provided by Netwatch, of Springfield, will cost $29,747.76.

The board also authorized Cornman to work with Protel Communications in Springfield to acquire a combined phone and intercom system for the district at a cost not to exceed $39,900.

Furnishings have been ordered for the middle school classrooms, which include student and teacher desks, computers and other necessary items, at a cost of $21,964, excluding shipping and handling costs.

In other action, the board approved a 1.23 percent wage increase to certified staffers, at a cost of $21,970. Other wage raises include a 1 percent increase to administrators and a 2 percent increase to non-certified staffers. Both of those increases will total $15,248 to the district.

Cornman told board members that he and other Barry County school administrators attended a presentation by Johnnie Cox, Barry County Prosecuting Attorney, on excessive student absences from school. Cox is planning to hold parents accountable for student attendance under the state's mandatory attendance law.

Cornman also told board members he negotiated a contact with Otis Elevator Company that was less than half of the current contract costs. Cost of the service is $175 per month paid annually for the year.

The board accepted resignations from Darin Henderson, high school physical education teacher, athletic director and A+ coordinator; LaShel Crouch, Central Elementary English learning reading coach; Shonna Shorter-Kramer, middle school science, and Randi Nelson English learning.

The board approved offering 2012-13 probationary contracts to: Rob Geurin, high school; Jennifer Ragan, English learning; Kelley Hagebusch English learning, and; Harrison Campbell, middle school.

The board approved offering 2012-13 extra-duty contracts to:

* Kacy Gunnels, varsity girls' softball coach, $3,000 stipend.

* Allison Davis, auction coordinator, $1,500 stipend.

* Rob Geurin, varsity girls' basketball coach, $4,265 stipend; assistant girls' softball coach, $2,000 stipend.

The board approved hiring at-will: Beau Davis, paraprofessional; Amanda Jones, a half-time ECSE paraprofessional; and Michelle Cody, a half-time reading aide; a volunteer agreement with beau Davis for a boys' basketball coach for a $3,000 nominal fee.

In other action, the board approved:

* A lease agreement with the City of Pierce City regarding the Robert E. Kluck Memorial Baseball Park.

* Lawrence E. Smith (Kid Guard) student insurance provider.

* A physical therapy contract with Lowry and Associates, LLC.

* An occupational therapy contract with Melissa Brown.

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