The Van-Far School Board voted unanimously to approve the construction of a greenhouse in a special session Thursday, September 6.
The board formerly viewed the proposal during its August 23 regular meeting to pursue a proper wage order and bidding process. The project is made possible through a Vocational Technical Education Enhancement Grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The school district will be reimbursed after construction is complete and allocated monies are accounted for.
Taryn Dameron, Van-Far High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, said the district received one bid for constructing the greenhouse, however, the bid was not local. She said volunteers will assume the task of construction.
As previously reported by The Vandalia Leader, the estimated grand total of the green house is $39,293.90 to purchase and install.
The Van-Far School District will receive 75 percent funding for the structure from the state and pay the remaining $3,883.50 for the structure out of pocket. Equipment for the greenhouse will be covered at 50 percent. The state’s and district’s equipment costs will be split at $9,098.45.
Overall, Missouri will give $20,728.95 with the school district covering the remaining $18,544. Purchased from the Greenhouse Mega Store, the structure will be 24’-by-48’ with polycarbonate sides and ceiling, and will sit on a concrete slab. The walls and ceiling are rated for 15 years before needing to be re-coated.
Annual budget expenses for the greenhouse are estimated at $3,377.19 with an annual income from the sale of flowers at $4,244 for a net gain of about $866, which will serve as a nest-egg for the following year.
Dameron said construction will start on the greenhouse in October, so the building can be in place for class instruction by the start of the second semester of the 2012-13 school year. A full report is due to DESE in March for reimbursement to the school district.
“We really appreciate the support we’ve received from the community in making this possible because all of our future students will benefit,” Dameron said.