District continues to make progress on construction

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]


The Sedalia School District 200 continues to make good progress on the two additions to Smith-Cotton High School board of education members were told at Monday night’s meeting.

“Building ‘A’ is moving in the right direction and is tracking on schedule,” Paul said in a prepared statement for the board. “The interior block walls, west exterior wall and part of the south walls are topped out and the masons are continuing to work on the remaining walls.

“Over the next few weeks, the focus will be to pour out the rest of the floor in the gym and finish all the block work so the stone/brick veneer could begin.” Paul added. “Building “C” is also moving as long as well and the exterior footings and stem walls have been placed and we expect the interior footings will be in place by the end of the week.

Paul told the board that the steel roof and floor joists have also arrived on site and work would begin on the roof soon.

There was some discussion as to using an additional spray on air barrier to close the blocks, which Paul added was a newer concept.

The product would potentially add $42,000 to $44,000 to the cost of the project.

Because the structure is already insulated, both Paul and superintendent of Sedalia Schools 200 Brad Pollitt said it is money that would be best used somewhere else.

Board members agreed with their observation and voted not to use the product on the building additions.

The board also discussed the proposed salary schedule and raises for staff members for the 2016-17 school year.

Under the proposal made by Pollitt, $250 would be added to the base salary and $250 would be added to the master’s column.

Additionally, some steps that had been frozen on the salary schedule in columns D, E, and F would be released.

Those columns represent teachers who have a master’s degree and additional hours toward a higher degree.

Non-certified staff would see an increase of $.10 per hour and additional steps opened as well.

The administration is also proposing to pay 100 percent of the district’s insurance for staff members for 2016-17, an amount that equates to $490 per month for each employee.

If the board votes to approve the salary schedule, the base salary for the district will be $34,750 for a first year teacher.

With the addition to the base and changes to the salary schedule, along with the addition of 15 staff positions whose hiring was approved at the February 22, meeting, the district is expected to spend $1.5 million on salaries.

In other items for discussion, the board heard a report from CFO Dr. Harriett Wolfe regarding the use of commercial purchasing cards in the district for transactions at designated businesses.

If approved the cards would be used possibly as early as this summer by maintenance department employees as a pilot before other district staff may be given access to use the cards.

Wolfe told the board that the cards would eliminate the need for the current process of requisitions, purchase orders, invoices and payment on more basic purchases in the district.

“The level of accountability will still be in place,” Wolfe told the board. “The cards have a limit of $200 per day unless approval for additional spending is given to the bank.”

If approved, Equity Bank who has partnered with Elan One Card will provide the services.

In other actions, the board voted to approve a final terms committee comprised of board president, Dr. Jeffrey Sharp, Pollitt and Wolfe, who will make decisions on behalf of the board regarding the final interest rates on the recall of the 2007 and 2001 certificates.

“If we move to recall the certificates we could save a potential quarter of a million dollars because interest rates are less expensive now than they were when the certificates were sold,” Pollitt explained.

• Voted to approve an extension with Superior Lawn of Sedalia for $10,200 to continue maintenance of Suzie Ditzfeld Memorial Soccer Field.

This is a no-increase proposal over last year for the district.

• Voted to approve the contract with BC Mowing and Tilling of Leeton for $24,900 for general mowing of the district property.

The bid is $2,541 lower than last year’s agreement with the company.

The board also heard a report attendance program at Washington Elementary.

Last year attendance at Washington averaged 80 percent per month according to Washington Principal Lisa Volk. Currently their average 90/90 attendance rate is 93.5 percent.

Overall district attendance is at 90.67 percent.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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