conditioning for R-1 elementary is requested
North Platte R-1 students headed back
to school this week and already have a couple days of
learning under their belt.
Last week before the homework began, the North Platte
Board of Education met to discuss the upcoming year.
Parent Susan Brown attended the meeting and addressed
the board with concern for her daughter that is in the
North Platte Elementary School.
She questioned board members about the possibility of
adding air conditioning to the elementary school.
Superintendent Dr. Francis Moran told Brown that the
board had taken up the issue and plans to look at it more
throughout the year.
He also told Brown to visit with the building administrator
and the parent/teachers organization.
"It (air conditioning) will probably take an extra
levy increase," Dr. Moran said. "It not only
costs to install it, but also to run it."
Later in the session it was brought up that the band
room also needs air conditioning to help preserve the
Dr. Moran stated that the school had been quoted $18,000
for hooking a cooling system up to the heat pump a couple
of years ago.
He said that if the board is considering adding air conditioning
to one place, then it will have to look at adding air
to all the facilities.
Considering the cost of adding air conditioning to all
of the buildings, the electric bill estimate, what kind
of unit, the cost estimate and the levy increase are all
things that Dr. Moran said would have to be evaluated
by January if the board wanted to pursue the issue.
Increasing the levy is something the school board avoided
doing this year. The levy will stay at $4.25, the same
as last year.
The board also heard reports from principals at each
The elementary enrollment should be over 200, which is
an increase from last year; the intermediate school should
have about the same as last year; the junior high will
have about 113 compared to 89 students last year; and
the high school numbers should stay the same at around
In other action, the board:
Approved the 2001-2002 goals.
Heard that work is still being done on the windows
for the multipurpose building.
Heard that renovations have been completed for the
ITV and internet rooms, with 10 to 11 new computers being
placed in the internet room.
Heard the security camera system is ready for the
new school year.
Heard a recommendation from Dr. Moran that Trenton
not be allowed into the KCI Conference at this time.
Heard that the Title I remedial reading program
Approved to add Nicole Timmons to the substitute