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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-5 Board Reorganizes, Starts Bond Projects

  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night with all members present. The Board held their annual reorganization, a public hearing, and then approved a number of items at this meeting.
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  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night with all members present.  The Board held their annual reorganization, a public hearing, and then approved a number of items at this meeting.
    Board members Lex Cavanah, Matt Cupp and Charlie Jobson all were re-sworn into office to begin the meeting.  Tom Hauser was re-elected as President of the Board, while Cavanah was again chosen as Vice-President.  
    A public hearing was held concerning the 2014-15 school calendar, with no participation from the public.  The Board then convened into regular session.
    Under the Consent Calendar, the Board accepted the resignations of Josh Shoemaker (teaching and coaching duties), Monica Ewigman (Cheerleading Sponsor), Kellie Tarpening (Parents as Teachers), and Gay Spencer (Winter Cheerleading Sponsor).
    After discussion for a couple of months, the Board unanimously approved a change to Regulation 4320.  This change allows the Administration to approve a make-up snow day to be used as a personal day for staff members.  The motion and second were made by Cupp and Kim Corbin, respectively.
    The Board then voted to upgrade the bleachers at Chester Ray Stadium.  Quoting from the LCL’s article in March, concerning the bleacher issue, “The costs to replace the bleachers could come in at approximately $86,000 for non-elevated bleachers, or $113,000 for elevated bleachers.Ѓ
    Superintendent Dr. Gabe Edgar noted that $55,000 will come from this year’s budget for the project from Fund Four. The remainder will come from the Chester Ray Stadium portion of the recent bond issue, as some of the work that those funds were going to go towards (high jump pit, pole vault pit, long and triple jump pits) were now being handled by private donors.  Any remaining balance from the project will come from the 2014-15 budget and Fund Four.  The new bleachers will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and will be elevated to allow spectators to watch the game over the heads of the players and coaches on the sideline.  Completion of this project has been promised for August 1.  The motion and second came from Corbin and Jobson and passed unanimously.
    The Board next approved the District’s health insurance options.  The employees of the District will have two options for next year.  The first is a PPO that is similar to the one they currently have.  The other option is a Health Savings Account (HSA), and the District will put $54 per month for the employee into that account.  While the specifics of the HSA are still to be determined, such as which bank or banks will be used, the structure of the changes was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Cindi Black Rodgers and Cupp.

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