Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15. The Board adopted the agenda and the administrators presented their reports.

Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented. The Board approved a payroll fund transfer of $190,000.

Chris Hart of James Stark Construction provided an update on the Track Project. The project is moving along very well. The asphalt is complete and must cure 28 days prior to installing the synthetic surface. Beynon Sports Surfaces will start installing this next month. The electrical conduit, sanitary and storm sewer system and waterline installation is complete. The concrete work and parking lot subgrade is 90 percent complete at this time. The fencing will begin later this month. They are still discussing the parking lot and track lighting, bleachers and a building for concessions, restrooms and locker rooms. The Energy Performance Project is 95 percent complete at this point. This project should be done within the next 30 days. The Board voted to approve the annual transportation report as presented.

Due to the reduction of funding by the legislature, Cole R-I School District only received $63,879 of the $175,209 they were expected to receive to run their routes and pick up students. If the legislature continues reducing the funding for transportation, they will have to find ways to reduce their transportation costs. This could mean not picking up students who live less than three miles from school and cutting all field trips. The Board did vote to approve the bus routes as presented for this school year, which will include picking up the students who live within the one to three mile limit. The October board meeting will be moved to Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the high school library. This is for one month only.

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.

There was no closed session business.

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