Burlington School re-opens bidding for bus barn, rehires support personnel

Summer reading program offered


Burlington's Board of Education met for their May meeting with President Terry Graham calling the meeting to order. All members attended including: T.J. Rockenbach (who arrived about 30 minutes late), April Kisling, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft also attended as did Principal Lane Pruett and Minutes Clerk Tamre McGinnis.

The board spent nearly an hour and a half in executive session mid-meeting to discuss the ongoing evaluation of the performance of the superintendent, the employment of a principal and a girls head basketball coach, and to discuss the employment of support personnel.

Upon return to open session, the board acted on only to employ the following support personnel: Tamre McGinnis, Brenda Stricker, David Cass, E.J. Diel, Rhonda Pinkston, Cheryl Czerniak, Brenda Russell, Kathy Motyka, Aliene Gosselin and Jenny Stewart.

Following a separate executive session, the board approved the purchase of real property located at 905 Maple in Burlington.

The next action regarded the bids received at the May 16 special meeting for the new bus barn at Burlington School. The board voted to reject all three bids.

The superintendent said all three bids exceeded the bond amount. She said there are guidelines, changes and deletions the board would like to have implemented into the specs which they say will significantly lower the costs. They were sending the requested changes to the architect who will work with Dr. Croft on again sending the project out on bids.

The superintendent told the board she's been contacted by several other superintendents about the Tax Miscalculation Litigation process. They've been litigating this matter regarding when assessments are over 11% and school districts were in actuality paying monies into the state when it should not have been. She said that amounts to approximately $49,887 over the last 22 years for Burlington School. The board approved that the school contribute to the litigation process.

Burlington School Business from E-Rate to Enrollment

Burlington School's participation in the 2019-2020 school year E-rate program received board approval. They also approved Mica Andrews as the designated E-rate contact for the school.

The board accepted Tom Cameron & Associates (TCA) quote of $5,512 for Title programs and special education programs for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The school will offer a summer library reading program for eight weeks. The board also approved offering an extended school year summer program for a student.

The board approved the following encumbrances and warrants as follows: General Fund: Encumbrances 319–335 $37,616.80, Change Orders $205.23, Warrants 977–1146 $447,200.75; Building Fund: Encumbrances 7–8 $185,700.00, Warrant 17 $244.19; Child Nutrition Fund: Encumbrances 17–23 $2,687.18, Warrants 37–42 $4,033.44; Building Bond Fund: Encumbrances 4–5 $3,285.13, Warrants 4-5 $3,285.13.

The contract for audit from the Charles Carroll auditing firm for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was approved. The audit is to be conducted during the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Other items approved include: to offer student insurance again through Student Resources for the 2019-2020 school year; the April 2019 Activity Fund Report; the contract with Alcohol & Drug Testing Inc. (ADTI) for the 2019-2020 school year.

School Board ethics forms have been completed and are on file.

The Superintendent gave an update on the OSSBA/CCOSA annual conference Aug. 23–25; as well as an update on HB 1048 and HB 2765 on potential pay raises for teachers.

Principal Pruett said that Burlington ended the school year with 104 elementary and 30 high school for 134 total students. BHS graduated six seniors and eight 8th graders were promoted. Pruett also gave a short review on the 2017-2020 technology plan.

The meeting adjourned after three-and-a-half hours.


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