Manila school board hears building project presentation

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

John Mixon, architect with Cromwell, addressed the Manila School Board at the June meeting discussing the proposed high school building project. Superintendent Pam Castor said discussions were held on the project included schedule, campus master plan, site improvements, preliminary design, budget and steps to move forward.

The Manila School District has been approved for partnership funding in the amount of $14,029,718 for a new high school. The district will need an additional $6.5 million for their match of the $20+ million project. The board will ask for a 4.7 millage increase in September to fund the school's part of the total project.

The board voted several months ago to build the new high school on campus and asked Mixon to work on a design that would work.

If the project stays on schedule the estimated completion date will be December 2017.

Castor said the preliminary new design will have the same amount of space as the original design that was proposed off site. The building will be more square and two-story. Mixon also discussed possible solutions to the traffic offering new traffic patterns, and drainage solutions.

The proposed building will have a cafeteria and auditorium. The project budget will be the same as before.

The board voted to authorize Mixon to start soil samples and surveying on the current site to meet the requirements for future building. Voting yes were Danny Robbins, Brandon Veach, Johnny McCain, Jeremy Jackson and Tracey Reinhart. Tommy Wagner abstained and Dean Tucker was absent.

Also present for the presentation was Adam Seiter, project manager with Nabholz Construction.

The board voted 6-0 to approve the transfer of a third grade student to Greene County Tech, where the student's mother is employed. The family has moved to the district and the student has never attended Manila.

In other business:

*The board voted unanimously to approve the 2015-2016 Migrant Program with no changes.

*The board approved the increase on school lunches from $1.75 to $1.80 to meet the federal minimum.

*The board approved policy changes to meet the changes in the law on teacher professional development; sick leave; and voluntary teaching of more than the maximum number of students. They also approved the change to meet the new law when a teacher's license is revoked by the state board, the teacher will not be allowed to work in any position in the district.

*Castor informed the board the concealed carrier law has changed and it will allow for weapons to be locked in the vehicles. It is up to the individual boards to allow the change or not to allow it. She asked the board to think about it and they would vote at the next meeting.

*The board accepted the resignation of Tim Bassing as cross country and track coach. Board member McCain expressed his appreciation to Mr. Bassing for his work in getting the programs up and going.

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