BIC School Board approves final bids

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Adam Seiter with Nabholtz Construction gave final plans for the new Buffalo Island Central junior/senior high school facility. Seated is board member Nathan Sanders.
Photo by Revis Blaylock

Buffalo Island Central Superintendent Gaylon Taylor declared it a great day for the district as the board reviewed and approved the final package for the new junior/senior high school facility at the Thursday, June 8, meeting.

Adam Seiter with Nabholtz Construction, John Mixon with Cromwell and Hardy Little with Little Associates met with the board presenting final figures.

Seiter said they were very pleased with the bid packages.

“We had 26 bid packages submitted, four bids per trade,” Seiter said.

The bids came in less than expected at $9,619,401.

“Time and effort paid off,” Seiter said.

Seiter reviewed the estimated costs explaining any projected projects coming in under budget will go back to the school. He went on to say if approved, the costs will not go over the estimates unless the district makes any change orders.

He also reviewed the overall listed contingency items budgeted totaling $200,000.

The estimated completion date for the high school is Oct. 17, 2018.

Following a discussion the board voted unanimously to approve the final plans.

Seiter said he is optimistic about the Leachville bids taken earlier in the day.

The Leachville bids/plans should be ready for the board to approve at a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

The estimated completion date for the new elementary school in Leachville is Oct. 23, 2018.

Taylor expressed his appreciation to everyone for their hard work on the project.

“This is a good day,” Taylor said.

He asked Mixon about a large sign so the public can see what the finished project will look like.

Dana Poe, BIC business/financial manager, gave the 2016 audit report, saying there were no major findings. She has responded to each of the supplemental findings with corrective measures including writing a contingency business plan; adding a $75 fee for bus driver in-service as a stipend; adding the bus salary schedule to the website; and including a formal testing for disaster recovery plan to include the financial side.

The board voted unanimously to accept the audit.

The board discussed an assistant coach for the boys basketball program. Board member Nathan Sanders expressed his concern with the number of boys and no assistant.

He asked about the possibility of a part-time position or a transfer of duties.

Superintendent Taylor said as of now there is not a position open for a teacher and assistant coach. He said two special education teachers will be hired and he could not justify hiring an assistant coach.

Options were discussed and Taylor said they will look at the numbers and explore all options.

Board members were in agreement the coaches need to be involved in the decision.

In other business the board:

*Approved the 2016-2017 audit.

*Hired Marcie Brewer as kindergarten teacher on the east campus.

*Adopted the proposed budget as presented for the 2018-2019 school year.

*Adopted a lunch charge policy with a limit of $15. Taylor said he wold make sure letters go out to the patrons explaining the new lunch charge policy.

*Approved continuing with a two year contract with Dwight Jones Insurance for student insurance.

The next board meeting will be Thursday, June 29.

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