USD 333, CCCC to negotiate proposal

 Unified School District 333 will enter into negotiations with Cloud County Community College on a proposal to lease a portion of the USD 333 Service Center, formerly the Concordia Middle School.
 The USD 333 board of education, during its February meeting Monday night, approved a motion to authorize school superintendent Bev Mortimer and assistant superintendent Quentin Breese to negotiate with the college on the proposal it submitted.
 Cloud County Community College had previously presented a proposal to the school district seeking the donation of the Service Center building, contingent on the college being able to obtain grant dollars to make repairs to the roof and some renovations.
 USD 333, which was considering getting rid of the building as a cost saving measure, also received two offers for the purchase of the building, which currently houses the Concordia After School Program, Head Start and Smoky Hill Service Center.
 Proposals for the building were discussed by the board of education during its January meeting, but no action was taken, and the district will maintain ownership.
 The school board approved  a School Resource Officer (SRO) Program memorandum of understanding with the city of Concordia during the meeting.
 The purpose of the memorandum of understanding, which was approved by the city commission last week, is to provide one uniformed police officer and one marked police car to the school district for the  SRO Program. It is a three-year agreement.
 The city was awarded $118,568 from the Community Oriented Policing Services for the SRO in September. It will pay the officer's salary and benefits over the next three years. Following the grant funded term the SRO will serve the school district for a fourth year, which will be paid for by the city.
 Also during the meeting Monday night, the board heard a proposal for possible changes to the science curriculum for students in grades 6-12.
 Currently students entering their freshman year can take biology.
 The proposal would require all students to take physical science, with a prerequisite of the completion of pre-algebra.
 Students could then take biology their sophomore year, and could also take chemistry the same year if they had met the required prerequisites.
 “It will meet the needs of the next generation standards,” Concordia Junior-Senior High School science instructor Dustin Bender said.
 Bender said that if the board would pass the proposed changes to the curriculum it would go into effect for those students entering their freshman year next year.
 Board member Mark Nordell asked if the district is currently equipped to make these changes.
Science instructor Denise Stover said probably not staffing wise.
 Concordia Junior-Senior High School principal Bryce Wachs told the board he would like to see the proposed changes as an action item next month.
Eric Johnson, Campbell & Johnson Engineers, discussed the bid specifications for the two roofs on the junior-senior high school that the district is looking to repair.
 One of the roofs is on the west side of the building, the other is on the northeast corner which is the library.
 Johnson recommended taking the roofs down to the deck and then replacing them from there up. He also recommended a PVC system which has a 15-year warranty.
 The bid sheets for the project will include an alternative bid for putting down tapered insulation.
Johnson said that would add a lot of additional cost.
 “We can get these numbers and if they are way out of line you could throw them out,” Johnson said.
Johnson proposed not starting the roof repair projects until after the end of the current school year and go until Aug. 1.
 An update on the projects included in the $5.5 million bond issue passed in 2013 was presented to the board by Breese.
 Breese said they are putting the final touches on the FEMA approved shelter at the Concordia Elementary School.
 The district is working with Trane on an issue with the boiler at the elementary school. He said it is a warranty issue.
 The board had previously approved the use of the remaining bond funds on several items that fall under the scope of the bond.
 Breese said that the new shop doors on the technical building will come in under budget. Completion of the project is expected to be next week.
 The district is still working on the wiring issue in the parking lot at the elementary school. Breese said that it will run a little over budget.
 Breese said that the district is working with Hood Htg., Air, Plg., Electric, Inc. on specifications for air handling until.
 The district is working with Jackson's Glass Shop on options for the new entrance door at the high school, Breese said.
 Action items approved by the school board included additional Concordia After School Program (CAP) fees during school breaks.
Mortimer had informed the board that some students had been signed up for CAP during breaks, and then did not show up.
 Twenty students need to be signed up for a break, extended days and early dismissal days before CAP can operate.
 If students are signed up, parents are expected to contact CAP to let staff know if their child will not be attending the program. If the parent does not contact CAP within one day prior to the absent day the family will be charged for a full day at $15.
 The board also approved the February Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) board policy updates and an interagency agreement between Head Start and the Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas.
 The school board will meet at 5:30 Wednesday night with Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB director of leadership.
 Jordan will present the board with names of candidates for the superintendent of school position.
 Mortimer's two-year contract ends this summer, and the district will be hiring a new superintendent.


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