School board hears electrical update, approves calendar

March 1, 2012

in Local

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

The Sedalia 200 School Board met on Monday for a work session and board meeting, where they discussed several topics including the Smith-Cotton Junior High electrical update, as well as the approval of the 2012-2013 school calendar.

Assistant Superintendant Brad Pollitt gave a brief overview of the S-C Junior High electrical project.

“We are on schedule. The engineer has completed the first time drawings of the plan. He should return that by Monday. Things are progressing,” Pollitt said.

The plan is to have the design and details of the upgrade done and sent out for bidding so the bids can be returned by April 3.

The board will make a decision on the bids at the April 9 meeting.

According to a memo from Pollitt, this is a tentative schedule and could be moved up or back by one week depending upon the independent engineer review.

Pollitt was asked if the electrical update would be completed before the beginning of the next school year.

“If we can start sometime in May and work all summer, it should be a very aggressive plan on having it done by the time school started next year,” Pollitt said.

He also said that the project should definitely be completed by the winter school break.

Last year it was decided by the board to upgrade the electrical wiring at the S-C Junior High School.

The board decided upon Poehlmann Engineering for the engineering services required for a Smith-Cotton Junior High School electrical upgrade.

The approved bid from Poehlmann Engineering came in at $23,000 and includes the preparation of bid documents.

During the meeting the board made a decision to approve the next school years’ calendar.

The approved calendar would allow for 169 days of student instruction, as well as three holidays, five workdays, and nine professional development days.

The first day of school for the 2012-2013 year will begin on Aug. 23, 2012, and the final school day will be on May 22, 2013 and it will be an early out.

The schools will have an early out on Dec. 21, 2012, and classed will not begin again until Jan. 3, 2013.

The board announced that First Student School Bus Transportation Services has donated $1,500 to go towards prize money for a student art contest.

Currently the new offices of First Student has bare walls and the plan is to pick the top ten pieces of art work, and have them matted, framed, and hung in the new facility.

The first place prize would be $175 and the prize money would go all the way down to the tenth place. The tenth place winner would receive $75 for their artwork.

The board approved two Vocational Enhancement Grants Monday night.

The first grant request was for a total of $143,901.30.

The grant requires a 25 percent match of district funds for equipment and professional development, and a 50 percent match on software purchases.

The districts cost would be $43,658.65 for their matching contribution to the grant.

The board also approved a $5,000 Family and Consumer Sciences Program Equipment Grant.

This grant is to be used to purchase several items, including a wide screen projector, microwaves, Ipads, computers, and other various teaching tools.

This is a matching grant and the district must match the $5,000 given.

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