Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

LTMS security entrance on 2009-2010 capital outlay list

December 3, 2008

A secure entrance will be added to Lexington Trails Middle School in De Soto during the 2009-2010 fiscal year with the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education’s approval Monday of capital outlay fund uses for that fiscal year.

The Board was presented with two lists of capital outlay projects to be considered for the 2009-2010 school year. The first list was titled repair and included such upkeep items as sealing and painting parking lots, carpet replacement, building repainting, tuck-pointing and replacement of vehicles that are done on a schedule.

The second list was of enhancements or improvements to a building or program.

In making a distinction between the two lists, Board member Jim Thomas said the repair list was essential and the enhancement list was optional. When district planning director Jack Deyoe agreed with that characterization, the Board voted to approve the $878,000 in planned repairs.

The Board was, however, more selective in choosing which of the enhancement projects would be funded. At the top of the approved $655,000 list was a the most expensive improvement — a $410,000 construction of a secure building entry to Lexington Trails Middle School in De Soto, which was one of the projects on the failed September 2007 bond issue.

Quickly rejected was a $30,000 entrance canopy to the District Administrative Building in De Soto. Among other projects to be funded are an overflow parking lot pervious concrete at Mize Elementary for $120,000 and improved lighting at high school theaters for $50,000.

In other action Monday, the Board:

• Approved donations to Mill Valley High School from employee Ronald Deavers for $150 and a matching donation from Clorox Company Foundation.

• Approved district budget director’s request to send letters to those patrons with unpaid bills reminding them they had open accounts. If a bill wasn’t paid with that notice, a second letter would be sent again reminding the patron money was owed and informing the patron that if arrangements weren’t made by a specific date the bill would be turned over the district’s collection agency, Credit World.

District budget director Ken Larsen made the recommendation after the district’s unpaid accounts grew from $4,003 on Oct. 31, 2007, to $46,573 on Oct. 31, 2008.

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