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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Board approves bond work bids

  • The McPherson Board of Education approved a bid of $4.8 million from Compton Construction Corporation for construction projects at Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools Monday night.
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  • The McPherson Board of Education approved a bid of $4.8 million from Compton Construction Corporation for construction projects at Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools Monday night.
    The projects are expansions of the current schools, including new commons areas for each. Because the schools have identical layouts, the district decided to build identical expansions for both.
    The expansions will allow more flexibility in physical education classes because they won’t have to be scheduled around lunch times.
    The district budgeted $5 million for these projects. The expansions are scheduled to be completed within a year.
    “This will be a very large project in a short amount of time, and we want to make sure it’s done right and on time,” said Chris Ruder, assistant superintendent.
    Three other companies also submitted bids on the projects. Compton Construction had the lowest bid.
    The board also approved a bid of $41,550 from Wiens & Company Construction for the foundation of this year’s McPherson High School carpentry house.
    The district had budgeted $45,000 for this project.
    The board also heard an update about current district construction projects. Sheldon Anderson, director of operations, said cabinets have been installed in the new high school science facilities, and the ceiling and lights are being installed at the school’s Internet café.
    Anderson also said new playground equipment at Washington and Roosevelt elementary schools have been installed.
    The board moved to seek bids for a new concrete dock at the Park warehouse. This will allow the district to better use the existing boiler room as a storage area, since the building is being converted for middle school sporting events.
    The budget for this project is $12,000.
    The board also moved to seek bids for re-roofing the existing buildings at Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools. Ruder said this project is being handled separately from the expansion project because the district can get better pricing if it separates the two.
    Ruder also said the district wants to make sure the company that re-roofs the existing building can coordinate with the company that handles the expansion.
    The board moved to seek bids for replacing the light board in the high school theater, which no longer functions. This board is essential for high school theater productions.
    Ruder said he expects this replacement to cost between $35,000 and $40,000.
    Gifts and recognition
    The board accepted gifts from the McPherson Youth Football Team and Target to schools in the district.
    The team donated 35 used shoulder pads to McPherson Middle School, and Eisenhower Elementary School received $111 from Target.
    It also recognized Robyn Myers, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, and Katrina Goscha, a teacher at McPherson High School, for being Horizon Award nominees.
    Page 2 of 2 - This award is given to outstanding first year teachers. Myers and Goscha will send applications to the state to have the opportunity to be recognized at the state level.
    Policy review
    The board reviewed its policy regarding extracurricular activities for home schooled and virtual school students. The policy currently requires students to enroll in five subjects through McPherson School District in order to compete in district extracurricular activities.
    Kansas state policy requires that students only enroll in one class but allows individual districts to develop their own policies.
    This review was in response to requests from parents of home schooled or virtual school students who would like to participate in district extracurricular activities. No decision was made to alter the district’s current policy.
    The board also did the following:
    n Accepted changes in policy and training procedures for all staff in the area of restraint. These changes, required by legislation updates, mandates that physical restraint be used only when students are in danger of harming themselves or others.
    n Heard a report on three new features of the district’s Naviance site, which helps students track their progress toward graduation, college and careers. These features include an online service hour tracker, online counseling programs and online ACT practice.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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