Riverside School Board discusses recent storm damage

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Riverside school board met briefly for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday evening to discuss topics ranging from recent storm damage, personnel, purchase of a new school bus, as well as the upcoming graduation.

Superintendent Jeff Priest opened the meeting by discussing the recent storm damage that occurred on the campus this past weekend.

“Most of the damage occurred to the baseball and softball complex as well as the West Elementary fifth and sixth wing,” Priest said. “Apparently, there was a lot of water that flew underneath the bridge gap and it caused some damage to the tiles and lights but we were able to clean the water up and repair the damaged lights.”

Priest also noted, “The door to the bus shop was almost completely ripped off.”

The insurance adjuster was available to take pictures and a tour of the campus, cafeteria and bus shop and the board believes the deductible of $1000 (for the whole campus) will be met with no problem for the damages. “However, if there are any problems with the claims, the adjuster will get back to us concerning that matter,” Priest said.

Due to the power outages, Williams Electric brought two generators to the Lake City campus for the freezers.

“Because our generator isn’t connected to the freezers in Caraway, Chris and I had to load a bus with perishable foods (milk, meats, etc.) and take them to the freezers in the Lake City cafeteria for preservation,” Priest said.

They discussed having generators installed for all three cafeteria freezers.

In other business:

*Superintendent Priest informed the board graduation will be moved to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, to ensure no child would miss the ceremony due to any field trip participation.

*Priest congratulated the baseball team on the district championship and said they will play in the regional tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4.

*Steven Sanders was hired as East Elementary principal.

*Jon Cook was hired as bus driver and maintenance.

*Bid of $89,435 from Midwest Bus Sales was accepted for new bus.

*Option of donating sick days to specified employee due to recent hospitalization was approved.

*Council accepted motion to add one year(step) to the salary schedule which will bring increase for years of experience to 23 years.

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