Buildings and grounds highlight school board meeting

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Todd Thorson

Buildings and grounds discussions highlighted the Roland-Story school board meeting on Monday, August 11. A report by Haila Architecture informed the board on the summer facilities projects. Included in these projects were roofing replacements at the middle school and high school, the new bus barn construction in Roland and the resurfacing of the locker room floors at the high school. Haila also shared progress on preparing plans and specifications for building projects at the elementary and middle school for the coming year, which includes a new pre-school classroom at the elementary and a science room addition, as well as an administration office and entry revamping.

“The board will likely take action in September to release these projects for bid,” said Superintendent Matt Patton. “The board hopes to receive and consider bids from contractors in October. If the weather cooperates over the next year, and everything falls into place perfectly, this timeline will allow these projects to be completed shortly after the school year starts next fall.”

The district also recently purchased two used school buses from Grandview Park Baptist, and will now remove two older buses plus a Chevy Suburban from the current fleet of vehicles. These vehicles will be available for purchase by the public through a sealed bid process. The school district will be accepting bids for a 1999 Chevrolet bus with 236,685 miles, a 1995 Chevrolet bus with 179,819 miles and a Chevrolet Suburban with 168,069 miles. The two buses currently need engine replacements. All three vehicles are classified as obsolete equipment and are able to be disposed of according to board policy. Bids can be submitted to the district office through September 3. Questions regarding these vehicles should be directed to Transportation Director Jeff Wellik. Jeff is available at the Story City bus garage by appointment or by phone at 733-4304.

Also discussed were the condition of the middle school and high school boilers, which are in need of repairs. Superintendent Patton and Head Custodian Mike Steenhagen met recently with C.H. McGuiness Company of Des Moines, who provided the district with a quote on the work that needs completed on the boilers.Details of the recommended work and the costs associated with each item were presented to the board members.

“Each repair on the respective boilers will improve either the safety or the functioning of the boiler systems,” stated Patton. “These are not convenience items. If we were to complete all of the work this fall the total cost would be $15,010.”

Following a discussion, the board approved the respective boiler repairs.

Also present at the meeting was Andy Johnson of Town and Country Insurance. Johnson presented the board with the new insurance premium and coverage information from EMC Insurance. The annual premium shows an increase of 5.5 percent for the new policy. The previous premium carried a total cost of $107,853, while the new renewal premium runs $113,740; an increase of $5,887.

A special work session was also scheduled and then held the following Monday (August 18) to go over the 600 series of board policy. Superintendent Patton then briefed the board on the 2013-14 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires the Iowa Department of Education to collect data in grades 3-8 and 11 on an annual basis to determine if school districts have reached their AYP targets. The district’s AYP Notification Status for the 2012-13 school year was also presented.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.