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(Updated 11:15 a.m.) Sweet Springs board to begin preliminary work on new track

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Sweet Springs Board of Education authorized an architect to begin work on a design for a new track at the school during their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Superintendent Donna Wright presented the board with total cost estimates for the project, which ranged between $400,000 and $700,000.

"I wouldn't mind to go ahead with an item or two with this, but the whole thing is, in my opinion, too much right now," said board member Donald Boland. "I don't want to walk away from it totally, but right now I don't think its the right time."

After discussion, board member Brian Vogelsmeier moved the the board first obtain a design for the track, "so we can proceed and see what the different steps are." The motion passed unanimously.

In new business, the board approved to continue getting school pictures from Inter-State Studio of Sedalia. Before voting they heard from representatives of Inter-State, as well as from Tammy Kersiek of Lee's Studio in Marshall. They also had a written bid from LifeTouch, a national company.

Wright said the bids were very similar, but recommended staying with Inter-State Studio, which has provided the service for many years.

"The school has been very pleased with their service, so at this time I would recommend we stay with Inter-State Studio," she said. The motion passed unanimously.

They also voted to support a NFL Grassroots Program grant request to obtain new lights for the football field. The grant request, named "Light Up the Field to Shine on Youth and Community Project", is due by Feb. 28.

In old business, parents Mark and Kristy Johnson spoke to the the board concerning early and inconsistent bus pickup times for their son. They first came to the board in November.

After a lengthy discussion, board president Troy Schroeder told the couple they have made several changes, including bringing in staff early to make sure students weren't standing in the breezeway if they got to the school early.

"We feel we've done everything we can do," he said.

The superintendent also addressed the couple.

"I appreciate what you're saying. It is early," Wright said. "Unfortunately, I just don't see that there are a lot of changes we can make to make you happy."

They adjourned into closed session to discuss personnel issues.

The board set their next meeting for Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at mgorrell@marshallnews.com

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