Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2007

Architects to outline plans for bond issue

School board to decide between three firms’ ideas

January 11, 2007

A special meeting has been called by the Baldwin Board of Education to help it determine which architect firm it will use for its possible upcoming bond issue.

On Jan. 22, the school board will host three interviews with different firms. Supt. Paul Dorathy reported on his findings from area schools at Monday's meeting.

"I talked with some of the league schools and got recommendations back about two companies," Dorathy said. "All four of the schools said they were happy with the architects and would hire them again."

Dorathy received recommendations on the DLR Group and the Hollis and Miller Group. Each firm has done numerous buildings, but DLR helped Eudora build its high school, while Hollis and Miller were hired by De Soto and Louisburg for high schools there.

The third firm that will be interviewing Jan. 22 will be ACI Architects. That group helped Baldwin with its last bond issue.

Board Member Ande Parks was happy to see Hollis and Miller as one of the choices.

"I was pleased to see them in there and pleased to hear there was positive feedback about them," Parks said.

Each of the firms will have approximately 20-30 minutes to give their presentations at the Jan. 22 meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the District Office. Each firm will be asked to develop what it would suggest for the district with a $10 million bond issue. Whether that's a new junior high, elementary school or other option will be outlined by each firm.

Dorathy is hopeful that the board will make a decision that evening, instead of waiting until the Feb. 12 meeting.

"If we want to stay on the tentative schedule we are on, then we should try and make a decision that night," Dorathy said.

Other business at Monday's meeting included approving a list of Baldwin High School courses for next year. Many of the classes were name changes to better fit with the new state requirements.

"It is important to understand that even if the classes are approved, it doesn't mean they will be offered next fall at the high school," Dorathy said. "It will give me time in the spring to find the money in the budget for next year, though."

Board Member Ruth Barkley was in favor of the courses, new and old.

"We need to expand the options at the high school," Barkley said. "We're going to have to have more classes available. I would like to see us try and do this."

The board approved the list of courses with a unanimous 6-0 vote. Board Member Lonnie Broers did not attend the meeting.

The school board also approved its vision statement and goals Monday night. After a brief discussion and a few changes by Board Member Bill Busby, the board approved it 6-0.

Dorathy presented the board with a proposed draft of the 2007-2008 school calendar before asking to wait on accepting it.

"I'm suggesting that since it's early January, we table this and come back to it in February and finish it then," Dorathy said.

The board agreed to table the item and let the district personnel finalize the calendar.

At the end of the meeting, the board approved the personnel report 6-0. It included the resignation of Bill Ratliff, Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center third grade teacher. Ratliff will retire at the end of the school year.

The report also included the resignation of Valerie Fiscus as Vinland Elementary School art teacher immediately. The only hire Monday was Deania Mishler as a substitute bus driver.

The next regular school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the District Office.

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