Riverside School board hears construction update

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Larson Tate, project manager, (left) and architect Mark Cahoon with Cahoon Steiling Studio update Riverside School Board on the progress of the new east elementary building project. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock

A construction update was presented when the Riverside School Board met Monday, Feb. 2. Larson Tate, project manager, and architect Mark Cahoon with Cahoon Steiling Studio reported work had begun on the new elementary building on the east campus in Caraway.

Tate and Cahoon said the work is off to a good start. They assured the board all workers will respect the rules of school property. Tate said the safety of the children will be a priority throughout the project.

"We hauled in 2,000 yards of dirt in two days," Tate said. "The weather slowed us down today but we should be able to start again tomorrow. We will bring in 6,000 to 7,000 more yards of dirt."

Tate said everything is falling into place, and he received a letter from the roofing panel company saying the colors could be matched as requested.

The board accepted the resignation of assistant junior and senior high school principal Jeff Clem who plans to leave at the end of the school year. Superintentent Tommy Knight read a letter from Mr. Clem expressing his appreciation to the board for giving him the opportunity to serve as teacher and administrator. He said it was not an easy decision to leave.

"He has done a good job and he will be missed," Knight said.

Mr. Knight recommeded the rehiring of principals Jeff Priest, high school; LeeAnn Harrell, west elementary; and Brandi Wallace, east elementary.

The board voted unanimously to rehire the principals.

Board members present were Greg Douglas, Mike Brown, Mike Brickell and Lenn B. Nall. Ricky Austin was absent.

Brandi Wallace announced the fifth grade students will host a science fair displaying their work in creating simple and complex machines.

"They have done a good job and their work will be displayed tomorrow from 8:30-10:30 a.m for parents and students to view.

LeeAnn Harrell said the sixth grade girls basketball team won second place in the recent tournament at Buffalo Island Central.

Mr. Knight commended the staff and students for a successful homecoming. He said the decorations, as usual, were good and the cheerleaders did an outstanding job on a new routine.

Mr. Knight said minimum wage has gone up and he had been informed through SubTeach the district would need to increase the pay from $58 a day to $60 a day for non-certified substitute teachers.

Mr. Knight was asked to check at the construction site about using the fire hydrant for the large amounts of water that will be needed.

"There is a hydrant there and if we can get the water from it we will only have to pay for water used and not be charged for sewer which will not be used," Board member Brickell said.

A discussion was held about the Lake City composite pictures on display in the old high school. Mr. Knight said Brenda Hutcheson had talked about placing them in the Lake City Museum.

Board member Nall recommeded having them placed in hanging frames like they did for the Caraway composites.

Mr. Knight said he would talk to Hutcheson and report back with the board.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, March 2, on the East campus in Caraway in the former home econmics classroom.

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