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Van-Far votes to change phone system

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

Tony Lower, right, talks to the school board about the phone system bids received by the district.

The Van-Far R-I School Board approved a new IP based phone system to provide potential savings to the district during their monthly meeting held last Thursday.
After receiving pricing from three companies, a bid from Rayfield was selected.
Rayfield had nearly a $5,000 cheaper set-up fee than Jive and the service costs around $4,000 less in the first year than a bid provided by Windstream.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter and Tony Lower presented the pricing information.
With the switch, it was noted that the district may not be able to maintain its current numbers but is hoping it can.
Rayfield was selected after a 6-0 vote with the lone absent board member being President Kevin Motley. Vice-President Dana Keller led the meeting in his absence.
Superintendent’s Reports
Superintendent Dr. Hunter reported to the board regarding the Summer maintenance.
He noted that rooms are being waxed in both buildings and the gym floor will be waxed this week.
He also talked about contacting three companies regarding cold-mix patching the parking lots and paint striping.
Advanced Trenching and Construction bid $4,250 for materials and labor to cold-mix patch both the elementary and high school lots. A $2,620 bid was also received from a Columbia company to stripe the high school lot.
A new re-striping plan will result in an increase in the number of parking spots.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter also scheduled a walk-thru with school board members at 6 p.m. prior to the September board meeting.
It was also noted that a tax rate hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. on August 17, prior to the regular board meeting.
The 2016-17 ASBR was approved.
The district will be audited on August 8.
Some discussions were held on state funding and possible cuts in transportation reimbursement in 2017-18.
The MSBA Fall Conference is set for October 5-8 at Tan-Tar-A.
The Elementary/Jr. High Pool Party for K-8th grade students will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.
A stipend was approved of $150 for the extension of the FFA Advisor Tonya St. John through July 15.
Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School Principal Kim Pafford reported that a Dollar General grant received will help the district create another computer lab.
Executive Session
In Executive Session, the board first approved the minutes from the June 22 and June 29 Executive Session meetings.
The board then hired Kevin Foster, Special Education teacher; Jason Hall, assistant high school football coach; and Colten Jensen, for Summer maintenance.