by Alan McArthur
The Park Hill Board of Education heard an update on the proposed Union Chapel Elementary sewer project on Thursday.
Paul Kelly, assistant superintendent of business and technology, told the board on Thursday that the district staff is still in the process of working with the Platte County Regional Sewer District to come up with a plan to overcome the requirement that residents connect to the sewer line if their homes are within 400 feet.
Kelly said the district is also conducting a study on the current septic system at the school to find out what could be done on site.
The district has also spoken with the Platte County Planning and Zoning staff about the county's land use plan to see if there are any updates for the area around the school.
Kelly and Jim Rich, director of operations, met with the Platte County Regional Sewer District Board in September to discuss the possible exemptions for some residents.
The district proposed a gravity fed sewer line starting at the school and traveling east through the valley to connect with an existing line near 45 Highway and Crooked Road.
The proposed line would run 1.7 miles and cost an estimated $957,000.
Another proposal is to place a forced main sewer up Hampton Road and along Crooked Road. The project could cost around $589,000. However, the line could not be hooked onto by other homeowners.
The district has said a new solution is required because of new requirements from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in regard to the outflow from the current package plant at the school.
The current package plant was built in 1977 and the average life span of a package plant is 25 years.
In other matters, Jeff Klein, executive director of research, evaluation, and assessment, reported to the board that Missouri has now changed requirements so high school students will take end of course exams instead of the MAP tests.
Klein said the new tests will help teachers present their subject materials better and will more accurately assess student understanding of the course material.