Manila School Board

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Members of the Manila School Board worked through a short agenda Thursday evening with all members present except Steve Metheny.

Board members approved the minutes and financial report before discussing upgrades on the school gymnasium heating system and adding air conditioning.

Superintendent Pam Castor told the board the project would cost more than $25,000 and the district would need to take bids. She recommended that the district have an engineer or architect look at it and put together a proposal.

President Rob Veach agreed that it would be difficult for board members to know what to ask for.

"The heat has never been right," Veach said.

The board approved Castor's recommendations to contact architect Terry Cooper about the project.

The board agreed unanimously to extend classified contracts for Kathy Borden, Jane Augustine and Joey Brooks for six months.

In other business:

*The board voted 6-0 to grant an early graduation request from Molly Sandusky. Principal Pam Chipman explained that she transferred in from South Carolina and has a lot of credits.

*The board re-evaluated the land rent for Section 16-14-8. The nine year contract with Wildy Farms is re-evaluated every three years. Castor said Wildy is content with the present contract. Veach said as long as the board is okay with the contract and he is, it can be left as is. No action was taken

*Castor told the board that there may be a need for a special meeting before the holidays. The secretary that was hired for the superintendent's office declined the position. Castor said she would like to have someone on board before the first of the year.

*In the administrative reports, Castor gave a brief review of the facilities summary that recently came out from the state. She told the board the district had no priority one expenditures which are those that would need to be done immediately to ensure student and faculty safety. The school does have some priority two expenditures for the older facilities. All in all the district is in good standing but she has not received the 100-page-per-building report.

Board member Jackie Hill said the district needs to go ahead and start work on what they can.

*Castor announced that the school had received a $29,000 Distance-learning grant for the high school.

*She informed the board that she had contacted the Highway Department to look at a sign or warning signal at Bracket Corner for the safety of the buses. She said she had been informed by the Highway Department that there was not a need for one at this time.

*The board agreed to have Castor submit a request to be considered for a Regional Tournament.

*The board passed a motion to direct its attorney Paul Bloom to send a letter to Hunter Williams to see if former Superintendent Charolette Wagner was open to a settlement.

*The board went into a short executive session to discuss personnel but no action was taken.

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