School Board to run bond issue on August ballot

Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

The El Dorado Springs R-II School Board, at its Thursday, April 11, meeting, certified the results of the April 2 bond issue election that failed 521 – no to 472 – yes.

Newly re-elected board member Gregg Beydler said the board needs to find out people’s concerns and publicize the bond issue better “so everyone will have a clear understanding of what we are going for.”

The consensus of the board was to run the bond issue again on the August ballot. Various board members said, “We aren’t asking for anything extra.”

After Walt Anderson and Gregg Beydler took the oath of office, the board reorganized re-electing Darrell Eason as board president and Gregg Beydler as vice president. The board had a plaque for outgoing board member Jay Farris who was not present.

All board members were present:

Walt Anderson, Bennie Brower, Scott Cluck, Allen Hoover, Kevin Fast, Gregg Beydler and Darrell Eason – presiding. In the consent agenda, the board approved the payment of bills totaling $347,114.96.

In old business, the board finalized the transportation contract with Durham School Services. The board considered an option from Durham to put a seven year cap on trip buses as well as the entire fleet of route buses. The original offer was for a seven year cap on the route buses and 12 years on the spare buses. The upgrade to 7/7 caps would cost the district $7,000 a year.

Supt. Koca told the board they use the spare buses to fill in and put the route buses on trips. He said, “Sometimes we have three or four trips during route time.”

The board asked the opinion of Walt Anderson who was a bus driver for several years and now is just an emergency back-up sub. Anderson recommended the seven year cap on route buses and 12 year cap on spares. That’s what the board approved.

The board accepted the low audit bid from Davis, Lynn and Moots for $7,200 the first year, $7,600 the second year and $8,000 the third year.

Superintendent Mark Koca reported on the FY 2013 budget. He said it looks like the budget balance will be 30 to 31% at the end of the year, “right in the ball park.” He said, “All in all, I feel pretty good about the budget for this year.”

He gave some scenarios for the 2014 budget. He said, “If we are careful, we will get through this pretty easily. It is nice to have a surplus.”

The board approved the ridership list and transportation route miles.

The board discussed employee health insurance.

The board discussed replacement of a school van. Supt. Koca is to talk to Harold Fugate.

The board approved the purchase of a used reel mower for Bermuda grass to $10,927. A new one costs about $30,000.

The board looked over a list of summer projects.

The board discussed development of the new property a Twyman and Park. Bob Cornell, building and grounds director, said there are three feet of water in the basement of the house and it is in bad shape.

The board will advertise for bids to tear down and dispose of the house and remove trees on the property. The superintendent will work up a proposal.

In executive session, the board accepted the resignations of Regan Hollinsworth, Jeannie Hertzberg (for retirment), Ashley Friar, Michelle Jones and Gay Friar (for retirement).

The board hired Kristen Casey – Middle School science, Lacy Waters – Elementary, Katy Finnegan – Middle School Special Ed, Phil Martin – 7th grade Math, Megan Koca – Elementary, Samantha Ross – Elementary and Ryan Toombs – 8th grade Social Studies.

In his High School board report, Principal David Hedrick reported that Scholarship/NHS night will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Baccalaureate will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Graduation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Community Service Day will tentatively occur on Thursday, May 23.