School Board President recognized

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Manila School Board President Tracey Reinhart was recognized by co-board members and Superintendent Pam Castor with a plaque for earning the status of Master Board member. Reinhart was recently recognized at the State School Board meeting for acquiring 50 hours of continuing education. Board member Danny Robbins presented the plaque to Reinhart at the December meeting held on Thursday night.

Tracey Reinhart, Manila School Board president (left), receives plaque for earning Master Board member status. Presenting the plaque is Danny Robbins, board vice president. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The board heard a construction report from Jerry Brackett, AIA Architect with Brackett Krennerich Architects, and Adam Seiter, Seniro Project Manager with Nabholz Construction Services, and Mark Trollett, project supervisor, with Nabholz.

Seiter explained to the board the steps that has been taken to assure the roof issues have been addressed and corrected in the cafeteria expansion project. He also pointed out that there is no structural problems.

"We have gone through three rains with no leak," Seiter said.

"I'm fairly confident one piece started the problem and it has been solved but I want my engineer to come here and verify it," Brackett said.

The roof has a five year warranty. Brackett said if there is a problem with a metal roof it will most likely happen in the first year. Anything after five years will be normal maintenance.

Brackett said he had met with Seiter and Trollett they have gone over what needs to be done.

"His challenge is to get it done while the kids are out for Christmas break,"

He also discussed the problem with grout in the flooring the cafeteria saying something is wrong with the grout.

"We will get representatives who installed it and sold it here to fix the problem," he said. "It is not what your people are doing. Something in the grout is sealed.

"I know it has been a long process but we need to get it done."

The Board went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. No action was discussed when they returned to open session.

During the financial review, Castor compared utilities costs saying she has been pleased with the cost of utilities of the new building.

Board member Johnny McCain asked about the increased cost in fuel and it will offset the budget.

Castor said she thinks the budget will take care of it but she would keep a watch on the escalation prices.

Castor informed the board federal money has been made available to the state through the Education Jobs Fund for the 2010-11 school year. She recommended giving bonuses in the amount of $1,000 for certified; $600 for classified; $300 bus drivers; and pro-rating the bonuses for part-time employees. She also recommended extending it to the office staff, except for the superintendent.

The board voted unanimously to give the bonuses.

Board member Brandon Veach made a motion to include the superintendent in the bonus which also passed unanimously.

Castor said she had met with Chuck Stein____about the partnership funding.

"I wanted to make sure we had all of the money we had coming to us and I have been notified we will be receiving an additional $153,000," she said

In other business:

*Castor presented the preliminary master plan update for the board to review. She requested they return the plan with any suggestions. The plans will be submitted on Feb. 1.

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