The El Dorado Springs School Board, at the Thursday, Jan. 9, meeting, agreed to put the Bond Issue on the ballot one more time. The new figure for construction is $7,950,000, up from 7.5 million due to inflation and increasing interest rates. Superintendent Mark Koca mentioned that this was really the last chance to get the Bond Issue passed. He said interest rates are projected to go up significantly, and the price of materials and wages are steadily raising. The April election will require a 4/7 majority to pass.
All school board members were present: Walt Anderson, Benny Brower, Scott Cluck, Allen Hoover, Darrell Eason, Kevin Fast and Greg Beydler.
The board approved a resolution to direct the county commission to make collection on the uncollected amount of the 2012 property tax levy. According to Superintendent Mark Koca, this was the first step in the process of collecting the money.
Koca reported that the district has purchased the property on Park Street that lies between the PAT building and the elementary school. The property will be demolished this summer and hopefully graveled for a teacher parking lot.
The board reviewed the annual audit by Davis, Lynn and Moots, PC. It was a very clean audit with only one item brought up as a weakness. The school does have enough personnel in the central office to provide for adequate separation of duties when handling cash transactions.
The board went through the district report card which can be viewed on the DESE website in the MCDS portal. Information on the site allows a comparison between El Dorado Springs and the state averages.
The board set the date for their March meeting. This is the early meeting where the certified staff contracts are considered. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on March 6. The board also renewed the superintendent’s contract for the next year.