Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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

James Stark reported Phase I of the track project is 99 percent complete. Twehous will finish the sidewalk and curbing next week. Phase II is the track surface and fencing. Beynon Track Surface will begin on the new track surface Monday, Oct. 31. The process should take about a month to complete. Diamond Fence will begin installing the perimeter fence within the next five days and should be done by the middle of December. Phase III includes building the concessions building and bleachers.

In other business, Superintendent Jerry Hobbs reported the Energy Performance Contract with Trane is complete. The guidance counselors presented a program evaluation report to the Board about the program. In addition, they provided an update about the initiatives they have been doing this year along with the plans they have for the rest of the school year.

The Board approved a lifetime activity pass for all past Board members. A Memorandum of Understanding with the Nichols Career Center was approved for the 2011-12 school year which set the rate for tuition at $1,550 for students to attend there. High School Principal Heath Waters was appointed to be the Homeless Coordinator. The Board approved selling two surplus buses at the last Board meeting. The high bid for Bus Three was $2,000 by Rivera Trucks and Parts and the high bid for Bus 16 was $1,000 by John Fernandez. The Board accepted those two bids.

In other business, Ben Goodin offered to donate the original school bell which was part of the one-room school in Russellville at the turn of the 20th century. The Board agreed to accept the donation and is appreciative of Goodin and his family.

In closed session, the Board accepted a letter of resignation from Andrea Larison from the Parents as Teachers Program. The Board voted to employ Gary Doolittle as a maintenance/custodian.

The November Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17.

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