The Mt. Pleasant School Board has started some serious conversations about district facilities. Not the school buildings but other facilities and offices. The district currently rents office space from the city of Mt. Pleasant. That 10 year contract expires in 2015. Rather than pay over $60,000 in rent should the district look at other options. Such as building a new central office, maybe consolidating with the bus garage and central receiving. The school district owns the wisdom quest building, how would that fit into a future plan? The board received a proposal from an outside company to do a feasibility study on the district support facilities as well as installing air conditioning in the elementary buildings. The cost of the study would be $17,000. At the regular meeting last night the directors agreed that was too costly and did not accept the proposal.
Last night the Mt. Pleasant school board decided a formal policy isn’t needed regarding Wednesday night activities. At the request of the ministerial association the board considered a written policy regulating school events and practices to allow for a free night during the week. District activity director Bob Jensen doesn’t feel a need for a formal policy. He said over the years it’s been working well with just an understanding that school activities every Wednesday be done by 5:30 pm for the elementary students and 6:30 for the high school students.
Trap shooting coaches John Klopfenstein and Mike Vens were given the go-ahead to design an award program for their team. The coaches would create criteria for team members to receive a varsity letter.
The board gave Supt. Roederer permission to seek request for proposals for driver’s ed. The district could possibly save money by hiring an outside provider instead of paying a district teacher and owning a vehicle.
Long-time teacher Marge Roth is retiring. The school board accepted her resignation last night. The board also accepted the resignation of head volleyball coach Luci Wolf-cool.
The school board recognized Shelby Barton, a student in the high school computer science class. Shelby is one of just nine female students in the state to receive an award from the National Center for Women in Technology.
Board member Lonnie Morrow and Supt. Roederer spoke about the continuing debate in the legislature over allowable growth vs. a teacher leadership compensation package. Morrow urged board members, teachers, administrators and district residents to contact legislators regarding financial support for the schools.