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If Collinsville voters
approve the school bond proposition on February 24th, a building similar to
the architect's drawing above could replace several of the outdated buildings
shown at right. But that would be just one component of the $4.1 million bond
package. The school board prioritized a list of projects as follows:
- Middle School Addition
- High School Classroom
- High School Stage Remodel
(as chorus room)
- Fees and Land Acquisition
These first four projects
had received the most discussion in previous meetings and will take a major
portion of the money. The remaining projects below would compete for the remaining
Middle School Gym (floor,
lighting, and paint)
High School Gym (seating,
heating, and restrooms)
Wilson Elementary Gym
(curtain, floor, walls, and restrooms)
Middle School Parking
Sound System - Wilson
Middle School Gym Bleachers
Athletic Track (initial
Depending on more detailed
study and costing, items near the bottom of the list might be curtailed. More
details will be released before the elections as each project is better quantified.
All board members were
present and the following topics were approved:
Payment of Purchase Orders:
General Fund $70,300.19; Building Fund $2,381.13; and Child Nutrition $14,449.42.
A building and property
liability insurance bid of $69,530 was accepted from Duncan Duvall, Southwest
General.. That price excluded terrorism coverage which had such a high minimum
damage requirement ($5 million) that it was deemed not useful for Collinsville.
Cinda Lewis' resignation
(as teacher's aid, Special Ed H.S.) was accepted. Renee Lankford switched
from fulltime to parttime (causing a loss of benefits). Shann Littleton switched
from parttime to fulltime bus driver. Tony Ebey was approved for temporary
maintenance as required.
The school board voted
to approve the contract of James Colpitt for land adjoining the High School.
That land would be paid for with the poposed bond and used for the class room
addition and track. The amount of land to be purchased is approximately 10
acres, but the exact amount might go up as design of the proposed track is
clarified. Mr. Colpitt has agreed to be flexible with the school's needs.
Rita Pate requested and
received permission to have school financial records over five years old destroyed.
These records are currently stored in the middle school buildings that will
be torn down to make room for the new building. The State Department already
has a copy of all these financial records. The law only requires they be kept
for 5 years, but many of these records are many years older than that.
The pay rate for substitute
teachers was restored to $50 for a certified substitute and $38 for non certified.
The rate had previously been cutback to $40 & $35 due to the school's
lack of funding.
The subject of the City
of Collinsville's decision to not pay an $8K claim for the October 2003 repair
of a cut electrical line was mentioned in the superintendent and his assistant's
reports. Mr. Creech said the bill was already paid and the school should "move
on". Mr. Herald said the school had requested the city consider the payment
and they had done so, and he "respected" their decision.