RCAPS board updated on bond projects

REED CITY — Reed City Area Public Schools students may notice many changes in the buildings when they return to school in the fall. During the RCAPS Board of Education meeting Wednesday, board members were updated on the various bond projects in the district.

"We are somewhere over three-quarters of the way done with the high school roof," said RCAPS Facilities and Transportation Director Paul Lewis. "Classroom carpets at the middle school are really smoking along. The crew has probably three-quarters of the library done now. Painting the hallways is coming along at the middle school and classrooms have been painted."

Lewis said locker work will begin soon. He also said the trees at the track have been cut back four feet and seven more trees need to be removed. Four of the dead trees currently sit at the middle school while the remaining three are at G.T. Norman Elementary.

"As of today, we have $56,198 left in contingency funds. We are still doing quite well there," he said. "We had our bus inspections. One was red tagged due to rust. That can't be on the road anymore. Right now we have 10 buses that are 10 years or older. We have 22 buses total and 17 are used for regular routes."

In previous years, two buses were replaced at a time with newer used models. Lewis suggested a different busing system, in which the buses in the fleet would be leased. With this new system, buses would be cycled out every two years for newer models, which would cut down on the maintenance fees. Lewis said this system would cost approximately $200,000 a year.

No action was taken, though board members asked for more information.

High school students also will see new faces around the school. Samantha Beilfuss and Brittany Kosmalski were approved by board members to be hired as secretaries.

Other personnel matters included approving a signature resolution to include Superintendent Myra Munroe, and approving an extension on the leave of absence for para-educator Tammy Dyer.

"She's a strong educator," said Trustee Tricia Wirth. "She's good with the kids."

Board members approved extending Dyer's leave for one month.

Board members also heard from Dean McGuire, RCAPS interim superintendent, on the clay shooting club. McGuire said only the school would be protected against a lawsuit if anything were to happen.

Other items approved included:

• The notice of probation and tenure for the 2017-18 school year;

• Continuing with Thrun Law Firm for legal counsel;

• Compensating board members $18 per meeting, including for committee meetings, through the 2017-18 year. This rate took effect at the beginning of the month and will not exceed $1,404 per year; and

• Board packets being available for purchase before meeting. Packets will cost $6 if they are mailed and $3 if the packet is picked up. There is no charge for e-copies of the packet.