Riverside board reviews facilities

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

During its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 6, the Riverside School Board reviewed the district's 10 year facilities master plan.

Riverside School Board heard an update of the District's 10 year facilities master plan at the regular meeting, Jan. 6.

"I want to welcome this fine crowd to our meeting," Riverside Superintendent Tommy Knight said. "I hope you all are not let down. I know some of you came expecting a big announcement of some kind but there isn't going to be one. Every year we update our facilities master plan as required by state law."

Knight said by law the district has to address things like each building's roofing systems and HVAC systems. He said Riverside High School is a long way down the list when it comes to repairs. The master plan includes repairs to the roof, HVAC system and parking lot at West Elementary. Knight said when everything is done a couple of rooms are also scheduled to be added at the West Elementary campus.

"At the East campus the junior high has been demolished," Knight said. "We have been approved for state partnership funds for the new East Elementary School project."

Knight said the district was approved for $2.9 million in partnership funds. The Riverside District will receive that money between May 1-July 1 of this year. Once the money has been received dirt work will start at the East Elementary Caraway campus. The approximate 40,0000 square feet facility will be built next to the gymnasium at the Caraway campus and will connect to the home economic and other classrooms of that facility. Once dirt work is started Knight hopes building of the structure will start within six months. The approximate competition date will be about 16 months after work begins, possibly sooner.

Knight went on to say the district was expecting to get $3.8 million for the project but with the $1.2 million it already has in its building fund as well as the approval by the state to sell its second lien bonds up to $2 million, there will be enough to do all projects.

He did say phase 2 of the new East Elementary will include applying for an additional $300,000 in state funding to finish everything. Knight said the safe room on the campus as well as two classrooms for pre-K will be kept but the rest of the buildings will be demolished. There is a preliminary drawing of what the new facility will look like on display at East Elementary.

"This board meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. We welcome and encourage people to attend our meetings," Knight said.

In other business the board recognized the Riverside Elementary Quiz Bowl team on its third place win. The board also recognized the students who wrote a letter to the editor saluting veterans.

The board then approved unanimously a calendar change. Due to the snow days Riverside students will be going to school on Martin Luther King day.

The board approved the transfer of a student from the Riverside District to the Manila School District as well as accepted the resignations of Pat McCormick, Dan Qualls and Michelle Davis. The Riverside board approved the hire of Miranda Wheeler as a special education teacher. Superintendent Knight's contract ends next school year in 2015, he asked the board to delay discussion of his retirement until next January.

After a brief executive session in which no action was taken, the board adjourned.

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