BIC building project on track

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Stacey Thomas was elected president of the Buffalo Island Central Board of Directors on Thursday, June 28, with Justin Hawkins as vice president and Erik Lyerly as secretary. Other board members include Jason Stewart, Todd Edwards, Darrin McFall and Scott Colbert.

Other business conducted during the monthly school board meeting consisted of construction updates, resignations, student transfer request and migrant program statement.

“The progress on our new building is going pretty good,” Superintendent Gaylon Taylor said. “We are looking at being in the new elementary building on time (Aug. 21). We hope to be approved to start moving into the south end of the building by July 15, followed by completion of the north end, cafeteria, offices and gymnasium. Busses may run behind the school with same drop off points as before. A sidewalk will be provided from the old elementary to the new building.”

Elementary principals Kima Stewart and Nicole Stewart are making plans for two elementary open houses, with dates to be announced.

“Hopefully Mississippi County workers will be able to remove the old junior high school after the roof is removed and the building passes inspection. We plan to process the scrap metal from the building ourselves,” Taylor said.

The south end of the new elementary building contains the upper elementary classes. Rooms throughout the building will be finalized one room at a time. The gymnasium floor is expected to be installed the week of July 4th. Coolers and freezers will be set in place within next two weeks.

“I have not been pleased with the floor staining process on the high school, so there is more work that needs to be done there,” Taylor said. The sheet rock is 90 percent done in the building. Ceilings are 20-feet-tall inside the front doors southward through the building.”

The board approved resignations from Robin Decker, Cherry Hicks and Mary Beth Gardner. New hiring and changes will include Karen Herrell, Terrie Rose, Janie Ibanez, Barbara Whitehead and Brittany Woods.

One student transfer request was received, which was Payton Cavates to Riverside School. No action was taken on the request.

The board approved the statement of assurance for the migrant program.

“Due to high technology demands during our move, we need to utilize people to help with installations, phone system transfers, surveillance cameras and such,” Taylor said, “We will need from two to six people, so I have asked faculty for help.”

The board approved payment of $12 per hour to hire temporary technology personnel.

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