HOLYROOD — Work is progressing on the construction at Central Plains High School in Claflin, the USD 112 school board heard at its regular meeting on Monday, new superintendent, Greg Clark, said.
In January, the board approved a new weight room, handicapped accessible restrooms across from concession stand at the football field and a covered eating area.
A Capital Improvement Committee was formed from patrons in the district in 2012. They reported to the board in September 2012, recommending a new weight room. The weight room was then housed on a balcony in the gym.
Due to safety reasons, the committee and staff members recommended moving the weight room to a new facility, and the board concurred. The facility was pared down from its original $1.5 million cost to approximately $348,045.
The bid went to Ponton
Construction, Salina. The project is slated to be completed by the beginning of school.
In addition, as a part of this project, reinforced concrete blocks were added to the school tornado shelters at Holyrood, Bushton and Wilson to make it safer for students.
The board approved the budget with a mill levy assessment of 44.509 mills for 2014-15, which is a very slight increase from the mill levy assessment of 44.495 mills for the 2013-14 school year. In 2012-13, the mill levy was 44.653. The assessed valuation for the district is $105,512,201.
The district has reduced bond and interest debt from $3,315,000 in 2012-13 to $2,660,000 in 2014-15. The bonds were taken out to pay for Bushton, Holyrood and Wilson Schools in 1997. Clark said the district hope to have them paid off before they are due in 2017.
In other business, the district will add motion detector cameras both at the Wilson and Claflin schools. Nine cameras at Claflin and eight cameras at Wilson will be placed outside. Inside, there will be seven at Wilson and five at Claflin. Clark estimated the cost would be between $8,000 to $9,000. Most of it will be paid for by a refund from Apple for training that the district did not receive.
The district has been having false alarms. The school will perform some of the work to install the cameras.
Two members of the boy’s basketball team approached the board asking for new jerseys because the old uniforms stick together on the emblem when they are dried in the dryer. The boys said they had received promises of donations of $6,000 to pay for them.
The board requested more information such as the cost of a single replacement jersey.
In final business, the board heard:
•A report on the Pathways reading program. Principal Jane Oeser said she thought it would make it a difference for students K-2.
•Sue Young was present, and announced a donation of approximately $1,045 from her lifelong friend Lynda Evans for the library.
•The board will work a new vision statement that focuses on students.
•The board will work on board goals.