Although no action regarding changing boundaries for Franklin and Jefferson school districts was taken at Monday night's Massac Unit One board meeting, board members got their first look at two options to consider.
The first option involves the area west of Old Marion Road to North Avenue and extends north from Country Club Road to Upper Salem Road. That area is currently in the Franklin district, according to Unit One Superintendent Jason Hayes. He told board members the district already has busing in that area and would not have to add any routes. "This option would be the easiest," he said.
The change in boundaries would not affect existing students. It would only apply to new families moving into that area. Hayes said during the meeting enrollment at Jefferson has declined, noting there are a total of 106 students currently at Jefferson Elementary.
The second area presented to the board for consideration is the hospital addition, which currently is in the Franklin Elementary school district. Hayes explained any new students moving into that area could be moved to the Metropolis Elementary School (MES) district.
However, Hayes said the hospital addition is 1.7 miles from MES so the district may have to provide busing.
Board member Jennifer Larrison pointed out MES already has a high enrollment and adding new students to MES would only add to that problem.
"We need to do something to plan for the future," Hayes told the board.
While there was discussion about the two options, board member Larry Sommer made a motion to table the item until the board can get more information.
During Hayes' report to the board he showed the district had $1,543,100 in expenditures for the month of July. The district has a $4.4 million cash balance, which he said is more than the district has had the last two years.
According to Hayes the district has received three bids on its healthcare insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Alliance and Paradigm. Currently the district has Blue Cross Blue Shield and he said the recommendation to the board will be to accept the bid from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which was only a 5 percent increase.
He explained while the increase is 5 percent, it is not as bad as the nationwide average, which is about 12 to 13 percent. The total cost of the renewal will be $2,092,042, which Hayes explained is still $96,792 cheaper than the renewal proposal the district received for the 2017-18 school year. He said the healthcare renewal will be on next month's agenda for the board to approve.
As for maintenance, Hayes said Massac Junior High and Brookport Elementary are close to having heating and air conditioning systems they will be able to control. He said district maintenance personnel would even be able to log in remotely to adjust the systems.
The lawn mower at Jefferson died, according to Hayes. He said the recommendation is to purchase a Snapper Pro, the same make and model as the mowers at Massac Junior High and at Unity Elementary.
Hayes reminded the board there is no school Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day and noted Friday, Sept. 27 there will be an early dismissal for the homecoming parade.
In the area of personnel, the board accepted resignations from Morgan Brady, Franklin/Jefferson PE; Andrew Morrow, MCHS assistant baseball coach; Dain Gregory, MCHS assistant football; and Penny Allen, MCHS yearbook sponsor.
The board approved a motion hiring Kathleen Wainscott, Franklin/Jefferson P.E.; Kathy Herring, MES special education teacher; and Molly Stratemeyer, MCHS yearbook sponsor.
The board noted the transfers of Halie Hunnerkoch to MCHS special education teacher; Danielle Walker to county schools computer lab monitor aide; and Mike Woods to MES computer lab monitor aide.
In other business the board:
• Approved the bid for the bleacher replacement at MCHS at a cost of $291,095. Board member Larry Sommer asked if the board could canvas the students regarding the color of the bleachers. Hayes said that could be done, but the color scheme would have to be consistent with the school's colors.
• And, gave its approval for a junior high golf tournament scheduled for April 2020.