Principals’ contracts extended for 2 years

A Newburg contractor has been awarded a project to add a new roof on the south high school two-story exits and ramps and the annex building walkway on the Newburg Schools campus.

At the Newburg R-II Board of Education meeting held Monday night, which was rescheduled from Feb. 21 due to inclement weather, school board members unanimously approved awarding a bid to Kean Brothers Co., of Newburg, on a bid of $25,600.

Kean’s proposal includes a 30-foot by 40-foot truss-framed roof for the exits and ramps and a five-foot by 107-foot-long truss framed roof with lights covering the walkway with metal posts among other related work.

Double F Exteriors submitted the only other bid, which was for $26,880, for the project.

Board member Matt Brookshire said the bids seemed comparable and agreed with other members to choose the lower bid.

At the December board meeting, Superintendent John Westerman estimated that the work would cost about $25,000 or $26,000. This project was mentioned in the ballot language for the school bond approved by voters in 2011.

At the Jan. 29 school board meeting, the board opened two bids for the project — from Double F Exteriors and Swindell Construction — and made a motion to award a bid, but later rescinded that motion and agreed to advertise for sealed bids again.

In other business

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board by a vote of 7-0 agreed to extend contracts for High School Principal Steve Guffey and Elementary Principal Russ Mudd for two years through June 30, 2015.

Board members unanimously adopted a high school curriculum. Adoption of the elementary curriculum is expected to come in June. It was noted that the Newburg teachers are handling the curriculum work themselves.

After Guffey told board members that he had heard of some interest in forming golf and soccer teams at the high school level, the board directed Guffey to conduct interest surveys and report back to the board later.

Guffey said if the programs were to be implemented, it would not be for this school year. The Newburg district had a boys golf team several years ago.

Westerman read a proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon recognizing school board members for School Board Recognition Week, which was held Jan. 20-26, 2013.

Several teachers, including those who serve on the high school leadership team, shared with the board what they learned at the annual Powerful Learning Conference.

During the public comments section of the meeting, Dennis Mesplay, a candidate for the school board, said he and other parents expressed concern over having students watch TV during lunch. Mesplay said he worries the students are not eating and only paying attention to the TV. Mudd said the TVs usually help keep the students more quiet during lunchtime but said school officials could consider turning the TVs off. No decision was made at the meeting.

The board’s next meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 19. A reorganization meeting to be held after the April municipal election will take place Monday, April 8, and the regular April board meeting is set for Thursday, April 18.