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Palmyra School Board seeks to hire construction management firm

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 6:15 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra School Board is trying to find a construction management company to oversee some proposed projects if voters approve a $3.5 million bond issue next April.

The board this week issued a "request for qualifications" from firms that might be interested in the management job.

Superintendent Kirt Malone said the board is looking to have a management company on board soon to help expedite construction if the bond issue is approved. That way, he said, "we could get some plans in place and then be ready to move as soon as school lets out."

The board has not technically taken the required steps to get the bond issue on the April 9 ballot, "but that's the direction we're headed," Malone said.

The School Board has until December to submit a formal ballot proposal to the Marion County Clerk's office. Malone said school officials are still working out some details, including the ballot language.

During a special meeting before Tuesday's regular monthly board meeting, the School Board discussed some of the proposed facility improvements.

The two biggest projects involve renovations to the district's agriculture building and constructing a new all-weather track at the high school. Other major projects would involve renovating the middle school's kitchen, adding a wrestling room to the high school's weight room and renovating the elementary school's playground.

Malone said any management company hired by the district would oversee all projects except the track construction. He said a separate request for qualifications will be issued for the track's design and build.

Malone says if voters approve the $3.5 million bond issue, residents would not notice any increase in the district's property tax rate because the new bonds would replace an existing bond issue slated to be paid off in coming months.

In other action, the board heard a presentation from Kathy Nicholson about the Parents As Teachers program, which serves 243 families with 332 children. Of those families, Nicholson said, 47 percent have at least one "high needs" characteristic.

Last year the PAT program made 1,395 personal home visits and completed 342 screenings.

The board discussed plans for its annual retreat and work session Dec. 1. It also discussed the recent Missouri School Boards Association conference, which was attended by Malone, Stephanie Bross, Joe Knochel and Doug Meyers.

The board heard an update on the sportsmanship rules in the Clarence Cannon Conference. Malone said one change will allow the "student section" at conference basketball games to stand for the entire game if they wish. In the past, students were expected to sit most of the time while attending games.

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