The first order of business after being called to order was the appointment of a new board member to replace Kris Fasnact, who resigned at last month’s board meeting because she has moved out of the area. The board appointed Jared Quint to fulfill the remainder of Fasnact’s term. Quint, from Metropolis, received his masters of business administration from Murray State University and is employed at City National Bank.
In Smith’s administrative report, he told board members the board would need to think about what to do at the end of next year when the current Head Start contract expires. Unit One has cleared out of the old Metropolis Middle School, which formerly housed the kindergarten students. But, Smith said now that Unit One will no longer be using the building, the district would be heating and cooling the building for only three Head Start classes. The current contract allows Head Start the use of the gymnasium and the kitchen. Unit One receives $24,000 per year from the Head Start contract.
Unit One has moved out of the building because in the upcoming school year the kindergarten students will be in portable classrooms on site at Metropolis Elementary School. On a related note, during new business, the board approved a motion accepting a low bid from Wissinger Construction Inc. of Cairo in the amount of $65,317 for the site preparation work for the portable buildings that will be used.
Smith noted there were no local contractors who bid on the project. He also pointed out the low bidder will be subcontracting with N&N Plumbing and Russell Electric.
In April, the board had authorized former Superintendent Bill Hatfield to research prices for modular buildings at Metropolis Elementary. At that time Hatfield pointed out when MES was constructed, one of the goals was to move the kindergarten students from Metropolis Primary to MES. Hatfield had also told the board there was some interest from Head Start in using the three rooms that would be vacated if the kindergarten students were relocated.
Smith also alerted the board of another problem with the four heating and air conditioning units at the board office.
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