BARNARD, Mo. — The South Nodaway 10-year planning committee is nearly ready to offer a proposal for district upgrades to the South Nodaway Board of Education, according to minutes from the board’s regular meeting held Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The proposal will include a 10-year format, along with financing methods and time frames for specific projects.
Some items included in the three-phase plan include: moving the greenhouse across the street to the east side of the staff parking lot; building an agriculture shop on the southwest corner of the school building; turning the current English room and lab into the agriculture classrooms; moving the art room to the west classroom; and moving the English room to the old art room.
In the second phase, the old math room and teacher lounge would be converted into a new science room, then the old science room would become a central office connecting to the elementary office. There are many other shifts included in the list, as well as another phase, with options for gutting the lobby, even moving the football field.
None of the items in the project list have been approved by the board.
Superintendent Johnnie Silkett told the board about a possible no tax increase bond proposal to pay for the project. According to minutes from the meeting, several members of the committee would be interested in being part of a steering committee should the district move forward with a bond proposal.
- Silkett told board members that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is encouraging legislation to improve Missouri teacher pay, but that he’s yet to see if the state will offer additional funds.
- Filing dates have been set for three seats opening on the school district board of education. The terms are up for Janet Hilsabeck, Rick Holtman and Pat Swinford. Terms are three years and those interested may file an application with the Board Secretary Brandy Wolf at the Barnard school building during the following times: From 8 a.m .to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 20; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Jan. 6 through Jan. 20, 2020; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Jan. 21, 2020. The office will not be open on weekends or should school be canceled for inclement weather. An affidavit will need to be signed and notarized stating that the person running for a seat on the board doesn’t owe back taxes.
- The board approved the 2018-2019 audit performed by Clevenger & Associates, CPA PC. According to the meeting minutes, the district is in compliance.