bids received for old K-1 building
The school board had no bids to open for the old Kindergarten building at the November meeting of the board Monday, Nov. 19.
Since there were no bids the board decided to contact the local real estate agents for their advice. Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann was directed to do so by the board.
In other business safety busing was approved. This is something the board has to do each year for students getting picked up by a bus that are within the usual radius from school for bus pickup.
Board members also discussed the Idaho School Board Association convention that some attended last week. Apparently one of the more popular seminars was the one dealing with what to do now that the Luna Laws were voted down.
In the facilities update Forsmann listed some smaller projects that she’d like to see down.
One project given a go-ahead by the board was for new lights in the gyms and field house. Estimated costs were $2,500 for the Elementary gym, $5,124 for the high school and $1,395.62 for the field house. These costs would have been much higher without rebates from Avista. Estimated payback in energy savings is about 7-8 years. The high school gym may come out a little higher as there is discussion whether adding more fixtures would be a better solution.
Contributing to the need for these projects was the fact the current fixtures were starting to buzz and replacing them one at a time did not seem to fix the problem.
Another upcoming project is replacing the vinyl in the high school kitchen. This will be done over Christmas break.
Sidewalks and sealcoating of the high school parking lot are projects that could be done next summer if approved.
The high school roof is still being discussed. Forsmann has been talking with someone who is very knowledgeable about membrane roofs such as the one on the gym.
Currently there is about $80,000 in the maintenance fund with another $400,000 expected from the Secure Rural Schools act in the spring.
In the administrative reports Carrie Nygaard reported “The Standards” went over very well with the students.
She also reported it has been requested to have the “Star Spangled Banner” played at all home games. If the band is not available that night a recorded version will be played rather than having the Pledge of Allegiance.
Forsmann reported there was a very good turnout for parent-teacher conferences with parents of 189 of 198 students attending.
She also reported enrollment had been fluctuating but right now the K-6 enrollment is at 198, +3 over the start of the school year. Districtwide the enrollment is at 409 as of Nov. 12 compared to 397 on Sept. 30.
The cookie dough fundraiser was a success with about $6500 raised.
In her superintendent’s report she said they will still receive the Pay for Performance monies for certified staff despite the measure being defeated. Local staff will receive their money on Dec. 3.
She reported she also attended a SCORE meeting in Grangeville with discussion centering around bringing business to the area and working to fill empty storefronts and buildings. She had some discussions there on possible uses for the old Elementary building.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. the next regular meeting will be Monday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m.