Wednesday, April 4, 2012

USD 383 Board of Education

March 28, 2012
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

At the start of the meeting, board President Doug Messer announced his resignation due to family, personal, and professional reasons. Messer left the meeting, and Vice President Dave Colburn presided over the remainder of the meeting.

The board listened to reports on construction activities, which included a letter from First Management that acknowledged the company had mismanaged the project at Wilson Elementary. The project at Wilson got behind schedule, which had necessitated delaying the first day of school, and some of the work was shoddy and had to be redone. First Management agreed to accept a $10,000 deduction in their contract. First Management may have owed the school district closer to $16,000 in damages, but it was estimated it would cost the district more than that if the matter had been pursued through arbitration, so the offer of $10,000 was viewed by the district's project manager as an acceptable compromise.

The board discussed the district's transfer policy and how it will apply to students who will be switching schools due to redistricting. Based on board members' previous recommendations, administration revised the policy to state that redistricted students would have the opportunity to request a transfer the same as other comparable in-district students. The board approved the transfer policy 6-0.

Keith Noll, Director of Maintenance, presented the board with a list of potential upcoming capital outlay projects. Projects included HVAC replacement at Amanda Arnold, new playgrounds for Marlatt and Bergman, new hot water systems for Amanda Arnold and Bergman, paving and lighting for the new south parking lot at MHS, and architectural studies for College Hill and MHS East Campus.

The board also planned to discuss at its next meeting how to address the seat vacated by Messer.

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