Extra, R-3 deal
summer school is off
A much-publicized proposal that would have had a nationally-acclaimed
private summer school company providing services to Platte
County R-3 at no charge will not happen after all.
That announcement came at a meeting Tuesday night of
the R-3 board of education.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Harpst told the board that the
Edison Extra summer school project will not go forward.
Harpst said Edison Extra had decided to not continue with
the project that would offer summer school classes for
R-3 students at no cost to the district.
Reason for the decision, Harpst said, is that Edison
Extra would actually lose money on R-3's program. Harpst
said a $40,000 loss would be experienced by Edison Extra.
School officials indicated R-3 will provide its own summer
school program as it has in the past.
Last month, Harpst had said Edison indicated it would
provide services to R-3 even though the company knew it
would experience the $40,000 deficit.
"They have indicated they would experience a deficit
of about $40,000 but they appear willing to do it in exchange
for the opportunity to market their success with a district
like ours," Harpst said last month.
In other business, Harpst announced during the meeting
that state funding to the district would receive minimal
Harpst said originally funding on the state level was
going to be cut $259 million to Missouri schools, but
now had been reduced to $61 million in cuts.
The funding cut will mean $13,000 would be taken out
of R-3's wallet. The funding cut, Harpst said, would not
greatly impact the district.
"The cuts are minimal to our district. They are
certainly not devastating compared to other districts,"
Harpst said. "I don't know what will happen next
Although funding will be cut to the district, that has
not slowed down R-3's vision of growth.
Harpst said he has received several proposals from architects
and construction managers for the proposed middle school
bond issue project.
The school district is expected to take a bond issue
to voters in April 2004 for the purpose of constructing
a new middle school.
During January's meeting, the board agreed to interview
architects and construction managers for the project.
The board stressed there were a few things they were unhappy
about on previous projects constructed by their team of
architects and construction managers.
At 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 board members will meet to interview
"There is a lot of interest. We have a strong future
in building, and a lot of people want to be involved in
that," Harpst said.
If constructed, the new middle school would be located
on the 70-acres recently purchased south of the Northland