At the May 21 Winfield R-IV board meeting, many contracts were signed for the district. In new business a bus bid from Central States Bus Sales was accepted for $83,000, which included a trade in valued at $1,500 for a 1997 BlueBird bus. The approval of a new BlueBird bus will keep Winfield fleet of buses with BlueBird, a familiar manufacturer with less maintenance problems than others they have tried in the past. A tire bid from Jost Tire Company was approved, along with a bid for fuel from Warrenton Oil for the 2013-2014 school year. The HVAC preventive maintenance bid was tabled for the time being as the district is now going to bid out for a multi year (three year) contract. The custodial bid was awarded to two different companies, Royal Paper and Area Distributor, for all the cleaning supplies that the school will need for the coming years. The choices will bring in more environmentally safe products and produce less waste in the end. The bidding process for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy proved to be different this year than in the past. After a 10-year stretch with NHC, a lower bid came in from Rehab Choice (Stars School Service). This change can potentially save the district up to $70,000 over three years. Research was done and many surrounding districts use Rehab Choice (Stars School Service) and are pleased with the progress their children are making. BULTE Company came in lowest as the district searched for a builder for the new Middle School stage. This stage will be able to fold up and measures 16 feet by 32 feet, which is larger than the present Intermediate stage. The insurance bid went out to Cigna after discussion with many of the staff and board. The same insurance plan will be in place as in the past.
Representatives of LJ Hart and Company were present for the meeting as they discussed an action for an accelerated bond refunding option. These options were brought to the board at an earlier meeting with rough numbers, now, solid numbers were presented in an effort to accept the accelerated rate. The board approved the Refunds Series 2010 Bonds that were presented. This in turn will pay off the 2010 bonds quicker and will save the district money with low interest rates.
In the Superintendent’s reports, Dr. Chandler reviewed discipline numbers with the board. There are still 138 students in the district that have perfect attendance and 856 who have only missed five days or less. The district wide goal to have a 95 percent rate in attendance will likely be met this year.
In administrative reports all principals discussed testing scores, and final data that has been wrapped up. Summer school will be starting in June and 154 students are enrolled to catch up with their studies.
In construction updates all the security cameras should be in place and ready for testing. Design work for the new Intermediate building is well underway and the new maintenance building designs have started to take shape. Plans for the athletic facilities will begin shortly as well.
Those who were recognized at the Board Meeting were: Joyce Thomas, for her years of service and dedication to the Winfield R-IV School District. Joyce has been an employee with the school and OPAA for almost 30 years; Robert Higginbotham, who will be retiring from the district after 14 years at Winfield and 32 years in education; Kim Lake, for her dedication to the Winfield School District; and Ellie Smith and Chloe Wehde for their Community Service Awards for fundraising after the Hazelwood tornado this year.
The next regular board of education meeting is scheduled for June 18 at 6 p.m. in the central office, then a special meeting will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m. in the central office before the start of the 2013-2014 fiscal year begins.