The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session with Board members Tom Hauser and Matt Cupp absent. At this meeting, the Board approved an extension on their banking services, hired a new bus driver, and approved non-resident tuition rates.
Vice-President Lex Cavanah called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. sharp. There was no Public Participation. Under Acknowledgments and Thank-You’s, Superintendent Gabe Edgar thanked Mitch Christian for a donation valued at approximately $400 to the golf team. This donation included: a hitting net, 100 golf balls, and a shag bag.
Under the Consent Agenda, the Board accepted the resignation of bus driver Willie Ewigman. Bus routes for the coming school year were also approved, with no changes to note. The Board also approved the agenda for the meeting. This was a unanimous vote after a motion and second by Judy Toops and Charlie Jobson, respectively.
Disney Elementary Principal Sarah Dunham gave the Board the final report on Summer School. Dunham noted that they had a final attendance count of 439 students. She also noted the positive feedback on the trips that the kids took during the program.
The Board next set the non-resident tuition for the coming school year at $2750 per year for Elementary and Middle School students and $4850 for High School students. This is the same rate as last year, and the District currently has no students paying this tuition rate. This was approved unanimously after a motion and second from Toops and Kim Corbin.
Renovations to the old lockers at the Middle and High School buildings will be underway this week. The locker doors will be painted in alternating colors of black and gold to brighten up the appearance of the District’s hallways. The cost for this project is estimated to come in at under $10,000, which would mean it did not need Board approval. However, just in case the costs exceed the threshold, the Board approved the project unanimously, after a motion and second by Toops and Cindi Black Rogers. The District has 286 lockers, and will seek to put as many students as possible back into their own single lockers as possible.
At a previous meeting, the Board had approved bidding out the District’s banking services on three-year contracts. The current contract with Regional Missouri Bank was at two years, so an extension was approved unanimously at this meeting after a motion and second by Jobson and Toops with Corbin abstaining. The only change was the one percent fixed interest rate to be moved to a one-year fixed rate of .35 percent.