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Winfield R-IV School district ending the year with great numbers, construction projects on the right track

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

Even though the school year has ended, that doesn’t mean that work for teachers, staff and administrators has wrapped up in the Winfield School District. While kids are out playing, the Winfield district has been pulling data from the year and planning for the 2014-2015 school year.
Nancy Baker, Superintendent, read the reports on attendance for the last month of school. All buildings celebrated as they received over 95 percent attendance, ending the year on a high note. The school year’s attendance showed that the district had 95.33 percent total, which meant they surpassed their goal of 95 percent for the year as well. In bus discipline Baker announced that numbers are down and continue to fall yearly. Last year’s bus discipline notices reached 298 reported. The 2013-2014 school year has reported 67 less with just 231 for the year.
The Teacher of the Year results are in for the district wide award. Sharon Bader, high school English Language Arts teacher, will be awarded this honor at the Back to School Meeting in August. Each school will also recognize an outstanding teacher, those are Primary, Cary Boschert; Intermediate, Brianna Perkins; Middle School, Carrie Gracie.

In construction news the Intermediate renovations are moving at a steady pace. Painting has begun and bathrooms are being installed in the new addition. In the existing building the renovation work is underway with the interior demolition mostly complete. Windows are currently being replaced for better efficiency, painting is taking place on the exterior walls (as weather permits), and the front vestibule construction is underway. Walls in the administration area as well as the classrooms in the North Wing are being framed. Roof replacement for the south wing was delayed by rain but began as soon as the rain dried up and conditions were appropriate for roof replacement.
The athletic facility updates reported that the field stabilization has been completed and two of the field poles on the west side of the field have arrived and are currently set in place. The drainage system and rock base for the artificial turf will begin soon. All concrete field sports are finished, including the long jump, triple jump, and high jump. The concession building is coming along as interior work continues and roof work is set to begin July 1.

In new business breakfast prices have raised a nickel, still making Winfield’s meals cheaper than most schools in the area. The meal prices for the 2014-2015 school year are: Breakfast: k-12 $1.65, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.85; Lunch: K-12 $2.55, Reduced $.40, Adult $2.75. The district approved CRW Consulting Services for their E-rate contract, GovConnection for their computer bid, Cross Midwest Tire for the 2014-2015 school year’s tire bid, The Bank of Old Monroe for their depository bid, and Pepsi Cola for a three year contract for their beverage vending machine bid.