Construction in the Rolla High School cafeteria expansion and renovation project starts Tuesday.

Construction in the Rolla High School cafeteria expansion and renovation project starts Tuesday.

"We're moving along," Assistant Superintendent Kelly Hinshaw reported to the Rolla Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.

Hinshaw said a pre-construction meeting with Bales Construction Co., the general contractor, was held May 15 for both the cafeteria project and the Harry S Truman Elementary School security vestibule project.

Completion of both the RHS and Truman construction is expected to be Aug. 7.

Hinshaw also updated the board on the Lions Memorial Stadium project that includes the construction of a synthetic turf surface for the football field, expansion of seating and moving of a retaining wall.

That construction began on April 10 with the removal of top soil, followed by demolition of the retaining wall and the sidewalk area.

All the utilities under the field were located, and the field was "proof rolled" on April 17.

Soil stabilization was completed and curb work has been 75 percent completed, Hinshaw said.

Coming up next in this project are the following tasks, outlined by Hinshaw:

• Completion of the curb work, nailer board and retaining wall.

• Laser grade the sub-base again.

• Install fabric, drainage system, base rock, fines.

• Laser grade all that to conformance standards.

• Complete the bleacher concrete work, seating, railings, etc.

• Install synthetic turf.

• Back fill, seed, clean up and inspect.

Hinshaw showed slides of various steps in the construction, as well as drawings of the drainage system, which will drain 16 inches of water in an hour.

He also reported that the pledges and donations have reached $317,930.62.
In other discussion or action:

• The board set meal prices for 2013-14. Breakfast will cost $1.35 for all elementary and secondary students and $1.70 for adults. Lunch will cost $1.95 for elementary students, $2.15 for secondary students and $2.95 for adults. That's an increase of a dime for the lunches. Breakfast prices for the elementary and secondary students remains at the current level, but increases 20 cents for adults. Milk will stay at 40 cents for a half-pint container.

• All bids for the Rolla Technical Institute boiler replacement were rejected.

• Twenty-two policies, including everything from animals on district property to reporting child abuse, were approved as revised.

• The board approved adding four certificated staff positions for elementary schools to meet the expected rise in enrollment. Some other positions will be dropped, and the net change will be two full-time equivalents.

• The board also approved paying a stipend for the freshman baseball coach, a position that had been voluntary.

• Finance Director Vicki Gorman presented budget adjustments that were approved.

• Julie Peterman, Wyman Elementary School guidance counselor, presented a review of the district's counseling program.