The Van-Far R-I School Board approved a pair of projects for the 2018-19 school year during their meeting held last Thursday.
According to meeting minutes, the board unanimously approved a bid from M.L. McCurdy Excavating for the removal and cleanup of the awning in the Ag wing for $3,562.35.
The board also approved the bid from Don Martin Construction to fill the cracks and seal the elementary parking lot, the elementary playground lot, and the high school bus loop.
Proposed projects that were discussed include outdoor signage, awning removal, parking lot asphalt and sealing work and additional storage.
During his report, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter reported on summer maintenance and projects, both completed and pending.
It was noted that a tax rate hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. prior to the regular August 16 board meeting.
He also reported on information he received regarding accepting online lunch payments and related fees. It was the consensus of the board to move forward with an online payment option as well as continue current payment options.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter reported that the auditors will be at the district on August 2. He also reported on recent bills passed that relate to school matters on the state level.
It was noted that the MSBA Fall Conference will be held from September 27-30 at Tan-Tar-A.
In a transportation update, he reported the two new busses should be at the district by the end of July. Transportation Director Charlie Stroker discussed tires and storage options. Pre-K transportation options were also discussed. More information will be available following enrollment of Pre-K students.
When it comes to principal and director reports, Principal Kim Pafford reported on enrollment while Stroker reported on new bus drivers.
The Consent Agenda was approved. It included adopting the agenda, minutes approval for the June 21 and June 29 meetings, approving the financial statement and authorization to pay bills, approving a resolution for the Central Bank lease, approving the 2017-18 ASBR, and approving the Lunch Composite Report.
The 2018-19 budget revision was approved as presented.
The 2018-19 lunch prices were approved as presented.
The board approved the surplus of five spare bus wheels.
One tire bid from Jireh, Inc. was presented and approved. They use Hankook tires. Stroker explained the bid details and options.
During the reports of members, Board Member Tony Dameron mentioned he would like to see plans to evaluate the Jr. High Reading Program, four-day week consideration with hourly schedule and classroom materials, and inventory evaluation.
Board President Dana Keller mentioned she would like to see a five year building and grounds maintenance plan.
During Executive Session, the board hired Lisa Lovell as ELL teacher, Richard Beatty Jr. as summer tech help, and voted to pay $200 for Missy Gooch as Elementary Yearbook Sponsor.
After the board unanimously voted not to pay a Speech Sponsor $550, it then voted to pay someone in the same position $720.35.
The minutes for the June 21 Executive Session were also approved.