project bids are within budget at R-3
Platte County R-3 School District's
plans of expansion have the green light after a building
project bid approval.
The project is in reference to the 2001 bond issue passed
by voters last year.
The plans are to build six additional classroom at Siegrist
Elementary; eight additional classrooms, a new media center,
computer lab and office suite at Paxton School; and to
join the middle school and the high school with a music
The district's board members met at a regular session
on Thursday to review the bids submitted, and although
they will have to receive a rebid on the asphalt and the
casework, the project was found to be within the budget
at nearly $6.5 million.
"The project is right on budget," said Platte
County Superintendent Dr. Mark Harpst.
He also said that crews should begin ground work in mid
to late September.
The board also approved to set the 2001-2002 levy at
$4.09, an increase of less than one cent from last year.
Dr. Harpst said that $3.42 goes to the operating fund
and that $.67 is for the bond issue.
He also announced that tentative enrollment for the school
is at about 2,150 students.
"Probably right now we're up about 80 kids,"
said Dr. Harpst comparing to last year.
He said that the biggest growth has come at the Platte
City Middle School and Barry School.
The board also discussed plans to move forward with the
collaborative softball field project. The ground has already
been broken for the field north of Siegrist Elementary
School and to the west of the existing ball field.
Dr. Harpst said that the board approved plans for a concession
stand, press box and picnic shelter, and is looking at
possibly adding stadium seats in the future.
In other action, the board:
Reviewed the sick leave pool policy and approved
to replace the long term disabilities and channel that
money into health insurance premiums. About $180 extra
a year will be put toward the insurance premiums that
employees won't have to pay.
In exchange employees can voluntarily give unused sick
and personal days into the sick leave pool to replace
the long term disabilities fund.
Heard that a Central Platte County Community Center
steering committee will meet on Sept. 5, to discuss the
proposed center. Dr. Harpst said that the YMCA has offered
to operate the center.
Set 2001-2002 goals. The board approved to continue
to emphasize academic success; pursue land acquisition
for future building; continue improving salary, benefits
and other intangible aspects for all employees; and continue
working collaboratively with the city, county and other
community entities to provide the best educational opportunities.
Heard that a total of 375 students attended summer
Employed the following:
Debbie Grundy, English teacher at Barry; Tammy Enna, Alex
Courtney, Shyla Crawford, Robyn Dearing, to help with
the adventure club; Clayton Slipke, as a painter; Morris
Smith, as a bus driver; Sue Kauffman-Jackson, Siegrist
school nurse; Jennifer Pilcher, special education paraprofessional;
Mary Reeder and Marilyn Daniels as both paraprofessionals,
and Donald Day as a custodian and maintenance personnel.
The board received resignations from Kathy Vonada
from the cafeteria, and Cheryl Smock from the adventure
Approved to change the next board meeting to Tuesday,
Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Central office; and the following
board meeting to be on Tuesday, Oct. 16.