Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented. The Board approved a payroll fund transfer of $193,000.

The Board approved the Library Media Program Report as presented. Mitch Gier and two members from the Calendar Committee presented three school calendar options for the 2012-2013 School Year. They discussed the pros and cons for each one with the Board. The three options included 174-day calendar, a 164-day calendar and a four-day per week calendar. There was no action taken on the calendar options as the presentation was for informational purposes only at this time. A public meeting will be held for school patrons so the Board can present the three options and have discussions about them. A date for the public meeting has not been set at this time, but notification of the meeting will be provided as soon as it is set.

Gier, transportation director, also presented proposed route changes to the Board. Due to reduced funding by the legislature for transportation and many of the buses running with a little over half the seating capacity needed, a recommendation was made to delete one bus route. The Board approved the recommendation and the new routes will begin after Thanksgiving.

Bids were opened from four companies for a new Marquee Sign to be placed by the highway in front of the high school. The Board approved the bid from Mid-America Sign Works. Donations have been made for half of the cost of the sign at this time. The Board approved amending Board Policy JGA to allow the administrators to use corporal punishment.

The December Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15.

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