Associate superintendent positions put on hold
The USD 232 Board of Education on Monday put on hold the filling of two newly created administrative positions.
The positions, associate superintendent of education services and associate superintendent of business and operations, were created at the board’s April 20 meeting.
The board agreed Monday evening the positions were not a priority.
Ron Wimmer, interim superintendent, told the board he understood why the recommendation was made to create the positions, and that it was the right move at the time. However, Wimmer said, there are other needs the district should focus on first.
Board member Randy Johnson said the positions were created when the district had some issues that are no longer a concern.
Board president Larry Meyer said at the time the positions were created the district was looking to meet its administrative needs. But with a new set of eyes, experience and perspective, Meyer said, the district should instead meet more pressing issues.
The board agreed that Wimmer should look into how the district could use existing internal resources.
In other business the board:
• Received updates on the expansion of Mill Valley High School and the new elementary.
• Authorized the adoption of the best bid for the sale of $25 million in general obligation school bonds, part of the $75 million bond issue passed in November. The sale was awarded to Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., at an interest rate of 4.14 percent. The measure passed 5-0. Board members Don Clark and Tim Blankenship were not present at Monday’s meeting.
• Adopted a bond resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of $25 million in general obligation school bonds. The measure passed 5-0.
• Approved bids for the Mill Valley addition site package and gym renovation bid. The package includes structural steel, wood flooring, drywall, painting, athletic equipment, site utilities, electrical, carpentry, joint sealants, telescoping bleachers and concrete totaling $1 million. The measure passed 5-0.
• Approved the special inspections bid for the Mill Valley expansion. The low bid of $41,620 from Professional Services Industries was approved 5-0.
• Approved a land disturbance permit for the expansion to Mill Valley High School. The city of Shawnee required the district to post a land disturbance permit bond for the project in the amount of $16,000 to ensure proper erosion control measures as submitted by the Shawnee Planning Commission.