The architect updated the Board on the progress with the schools. Crews have started working on the gymnasium at the Magoffin County High School, a project that is scheduled for completion by September 6. He said some exterior work may extend past that date, but it will not interfere with the use of the gym.
Structural engineer Ethan Buell, of Buell Fryer McReynolds and Jahed, Inc., said he is pleased with the workmanship at the high school and believes the building will be stronger than it was before the March 2 tornado.
As of Thursday, the architect said the bleachers for the football field are being installed and power has been placed on site. The press box was delivered on August 13 and the scoreboard is set for arrival on August 22. With the project currently 90 percent finished, he said the completion date is August 31. Board members reiterated that the first home game is August 30 and he said he does not foresee any issues that will keep it from being ready for that game.
While early figures are only estimated, the Board was presented with schematics of a hypothetical new high school and athletic fields on land they are considering purchasing. For more on the potential school plans, read Operation REBUILD to the right of this article.
In recent months a handful of bus drivers had addressed the Board about updating the policy, which Superintendent Stanley Holbrook explained any new policy would have to be voted upon by all bus drivers and the option with the majority vote be delivered to the Board by the Director of Transportation Jeff Carpenter.
Carpenter said they voted on two different plans, with 32 of the 37 votes going to plan A (three abstained from voting). He said he took the plan to the principals and they all also supported plan A. Basically, he said the principals and coaches will have first pick for drivers for trips since they pay for the trips, then, if no driver is specified, it will go to the next one on the list. The Board accepted the policy.
The Board agreed to authorize Superintendent Holbrook to hire a company to bill FEMA to generate income for new facilities. He had called Joplin, Missouri, for advice since they went through a similar disaster to Magoffin. Through their conversation he learned that they used someone to find building procedures and codes in order to properly bill FEMA. The company the school system in Joplin used has representatives coming to meet with Magoffin administration.
Per Holbrook's suggestion, the Board agreed to take the compensating real estate and personal property tax rate for the school year 2012 through 2013, leaving taxes unchanged from last year. They approved the 2013 motor vehicle and water craft property tax rate, as well, also leaving it the same as last year.
In an effort to reduce spending on making copies for school board members, the Board agreed to go paperless with the purchase iPads for all members. Hard copies of the agenda and open record information will continue to be available on request.