The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session Monday night—beating out the snow—with all members present. At this meeting, the Board approved the lease-purchase of busses, approved rates for health insurance and discussed security changes.
The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. sharp by President Tom Hauser. Under Acknowledgements and Thank-you’s, Diane Sportsman was recognized for her second Award for Continuing Education (ACE) for speech-language pathologists and radiologists. Brad Niemeier was recognized for donating the materials for the new traffic railing by the new weight room that the Ag Class built recently. John Moore ($5000) and Michael Moore ($1000) were recognized for donations. Dalton Fisher and the Lady Tigers basketball teams were recognized for their State and Conference/District Championships.
The consent agenda was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Judy Toops and Charlie Jobson, respectively. In the consent agenda, the Board approved the resignation of Debra Tandy as Middle School Cheerleading Coach.
Due to the upcoming increase in emission standards in 2014, the Board sent out bids for two new busses. The District is in a good position, debt-wise, as their bus payment amounts have shrunk steadily since 2009. Superintendent Gabe Edgar recommended the bid of $110,890 for two busses from Midwest Transit. This bid was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Matt Cupp and Cindi Black Rodgers.
A draft of the 2013-14 school calendar was approved by the Board unanimously after a motion and second by Toops and Kim Corbin. Superintendent Edgar noted that the snow day order was changed to help avoid the possibility of the normal school year running into summer school. It is worth noting that a public hearing must be held before the calendar is made official.