BOARD RELEASE – February 17, 2014
At their regular session meeting on February 17, 2014, the Liberal R-2 Board of Education adopted the 2014-15 school calendar. The staff will report on Monday, August 18 and the first day of classes for students will be Monday, August 25. Next year’s graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 10.
After approving the minutes from the regular meeting held on January 13, 2014, the Board approved payment of bills as presented and reviewed reports submitted by the building principals.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Harvey reported on the current financial situation of the district. Mr. Harvey reported that tax revenues for the year are coming in better than in the previous years since the economic downturn. Mr. Harvey also updated the Board on the proposed state budget submitted by the Governor and the effects it would have on district funding for next year. He reported that it appears there will be a lot of debate in the state legislature before any final budget will be set. Mr. Harvey also notified the Board that he has resubmitted an application with FEMA for a storm shelter for the district. If approved, FEMA would provide 75% of the funding for a storm shelter that would be used for the students in the district as well as community members in case of severe weather. He informed the Board that final approval of the applications should be made later this month.
In other business, the Board voted to solicit bids for lawn mowing services for the period of April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2015. The deadline for the bids will be 3:00 pm on Friday, May 14, 2014. The Board also set lunch and breakfast prices for the 2014-15 school year. Breakfast and lunch prices will increase $.10 each for next year. Milk prices will be set closer to the beginning of the school year.
In closed session, the Board reviewed principal’s evaluations and voted to offer contracts to Leticia Fry, Elementary Principal, Nicole Ruddick, Middle School Principal, and Keith Robertson, High School Principal.
Those Board members in attendance were Brian King, President, Jason Banwart, Dean McKibben, John Simpson, Gary Smith, Christie Ulrich and Brian Williams. The next regular session meeting will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Board of Education Room.