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R-V Board sees retirements

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:19 am

A potential bidder admiring art at the recent Sturgeon High School Art Auction.

A potential bidder admiring art at the recent Sturgeon High School Art Auction.

The Sturgeon R-V School Board met before an eight-member audience the evening of May 8. They met a day earlier than usual to accommodate a Sturgeon FFA banquet. All seven board members attended.

Retirement was on the agenda, as was a short budget preview and summer maintenance.

They recognized Ray Smith, Carol Smith Daryl Smith and Sheri Pelzel who each retired with more than 20 years of service. “We’re losing a lot, you all will be missed, you will always be welcome, Sturgeon is still home,” said Geoff Neill R-V Superintendent during their farewells.

Under principals’ reports, Sturgeon High School Principal John Kruse said SHS attendance is down for the last month, but higher than last year at this time, “It’s been a long haul.” He complimented Jahna Burris and Haley Gorman for their performance at the state music contest. He also listed the accomplishments of the school’s FFA chapter at the state convention. “This is a really awesome senior group,” he said of his outgoing graduates. Finals week, he said, will be May 20-23.

He also announced Taylor Bryant as the district’s new agriculture teacher. Bryant formerly taught agriculture at Hallsville R-IV. The board unanimously voted to extend her a probationary 1-year contract. They also approved early graduation for seven students.

Brown in her K-8 report said her attendance was up from last year. She also announced the dedication of a Buddy Bench, May 13 in honor of the late Sierra Ridgway. Editor’s note, please see related article in next weeks edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard “We are very honored the family would do that,” she said. Eighth grade graduation is 7 -p.m., May 22 “Basically we’re in the month of May and it’s business as usual.”

Special Education Coordinator Penny Fadler presented her report, among other things she said the district now has 66 special education students.

May 28-June 28 is summer school and will feature free breakfast and lunch to anybody below the age of 18. So far, an estimated 214 students are enrolled, this year’s program is called “Summer Sizzle.” K-12 After discussing summer school, Curriculum and Transportation Director Jeff Carr said he had a concern regarding the district’s bus service: “With Ray and Daryl retiring they will lose nearly 40 years of bus driving experience. “We are seeking a full-time bus driver and substitute bus driver, we may have to go down to four routes,” Neill said, if those are not filled.

All program managers’ reports were unanimously approved.

Neill also discussed the district’s summer maintenance plans. They include: Improving the high school’s concrete curb, concrete ramps going into the K-8 playground to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, adding an exterior door in k-8 sunken room and repairing its ceiling in sunken room and repainting the K-8 campus’ kitchen. “More pea gravel and mulch in our play ground to be compliant,” he said, and “We will be cleaning out the district storage shed, we have a lot of things in there that are junk.” He said the ADA items were top priority.

The proceed to open the one bid for their damaged, undrivable, school bus, from El Paso Tx, for $2,601. He said Transportation director Jeff Carr was hoping for more, but it was likely useable only for parts. The district had received almost $20,000 from insurance-related payments. The board unanimously voted to accept the bid.