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Elsberry schools seek to borrow $4.5 million for upgrades

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

The Lincoln County R-II  (Elsberry) Board of Education approved a resolution where the district will seeking funding for needed upgrades.

School Board President Sean O’Brien called the meeting to order.  Dr. Tim Reller, superintendent, gave a financial report, where he stated balances were $71,585.41 lower than a year ago mainly due to Fund 4 expenditures that were spent earlier in the year, this year compared to last. He went on to say attendance overall was at 95 percent for November.

It was also announced that the two incumbents, Mark Bange and  Alan Lagemann have filed for the school board openings.

Charles Kinsler, who gave a BRAVES report to the board. In it, he detailed the many tasks he and his staff do on a daily basis. Currently there are 14 middle school students and 38 high school students that are in BRAVES. They will be up to almost 60 students second semester, in addition to the ones on a watch list. In Missouri Options, they started with one student took his Options test. They added one student in September, which only lasted two weeks. They have recently added two more students and will possibly add a couple more second semester. The ZAP program averages three to four middle school students per day and students coming to In School Suspension (ISS) seem to be pretty light this year, which gives ISS Teacher Dustin Robinson a chance to help out students in BRAVES.

Keeping with scheduled agenda items, Cheri Rountree and Karin Busiere gave their respective library reports. Rountree reported that there are fourth graders currently running the WATCHDOG program under her supervision. She is also training 10 fourth graders to become library aides and that Cannon Watts has recently installed some virtual computers in her library. She went on to say she also has a volunteer come in approximately four days a week to read and help out in the library. Students have just finished the Show-Me Readers Award Books and they will now begin voting on their favorite one to determine the statewide winner. The older students are reading the Mark Twain Award nominees and if they read all 12, they will receive a party in the spring. If they read and report on four they can vote for their favorites. If students read and report on 10 award winning books, they are eligible to go to the Children’s Literature Festival in Warrensburg. Karin reported they have started doing Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) in grades seven through 12, which has helped to double her circulation this year. The English teachers bring their students in at least once a week and according to her, she has had to turn kids away from her book club this year. The book fair just finished with the library receiving $600 in free books.

Lagemann and Rhoades moved and seconded the motion to approve the following ballot resolution: Proposition 2 – Shall the Board of Education of Reorganized School District No. II of Lincoln County, Missouri, borrow money in the amount of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,500,000), resulting in no estimated increase to the debt service property tax levy, for the purpose of providing funds to complete energy efficiency improvements including lighting upgrades and window replacement in the elementary school, middle school and old high school classrooms and heating; to complete ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades to the existing facilities of the District; and to complete other remodeling and repair improvements to the existing facilities of the District; and issue bonds for the payment thereof. If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.25 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.

Jones and Kinsler then moved and seconded the motion to approve the Capital Expenditure Resolution.