School board in Brief
The Baldwin school board approved spending 79.9 per gallon on propane gas from JEM LP Gas for Vinland and Marion Springs elementary schools. The board held off on approving bids in August, hoping for prices to go down. The district paid 48.3 per gallon last year.
However, the lowest bid to the board in August 78.4 gallon had increased to 92.4 this month. Supt. James White said he thought the JEM LP Gas bid remained unchanged since last month. The board approved that bid.
The board wasn't willing to gamble with gas prices another month.
"We don't think gas prices will go down, because it is a by-product of petroleum," White said.
A 4-mill levy the district has levied "for years" expired in August and was approved for renewal by school board Monday night.
The levy for capital outlay is renewed every five years. It is used for equipment purchases and building improvements. The resolution of the board's intent to renew the 4-mill levy will be published for public review.
"We've had it in our budget for years, and every five years you have to renew it," said Supt. James White.
District master plan
work is underway
A master plan of facility needs in the Baldwin school district is expected to be presented at the November meeting of the school board.
The board hired Frangkiser Hutchens, an architectural firm that specializes in school facilities, to develop a master plan for the district.
Supt. James White said a committee led by Bret Jones, Baldwin Junior High School assistant principal, has been meeting on a regular basis and has toured all of the district's buildings. The architectural firm has interviewed administrators and teachers. A meeting seeking community input will be Oct. 11 at BJHS.
All of that information will be used by the firm to develop the master plan.