June 22, 2016

School board prepares for transition period

By Annette Tait
The Center-Stanton School Board wrapped up the majority of business for the 2015-2016 school year at its June regular meeting and prepared to transition to the coming year. Remaining business will be covered at the annual school board meeting June 21 and the end of fiscal year meeting June 28. New and reelected school board members will be approved at the June 28 meeting.
District Superintendent Curt Pierce, reporting to the board for the last time before his official retirement, told the board that the district is experiencing savings in utility costs from the work done last year by Energy Services Group. He stated that the mild winter also contributed to the reduced costs, also noting that some of the savings have been negatively offset by increased water costs due to the transition to Southwest Water Authority,
In his superintendent’s report, Pierce informed the board that the Oliver-Mercer Special Education Unit has not been able to hire a speech pathologist to serve Center-Stanton in the coming year. However, adjustments have been made to allow other Oliver-Mercer Special Ed staff members to provide the services needed for the school.  
“We will still have the three days a week we now have covered,” Pierce said. “[Oliver-Mercer Special Ed.] will continue to advertise for a speech pathologist.”
He also noted that the elementary cleaning appears to be a week ahead of schedule, and the pump for watering the football field is in working order.
“If we don’t get rain over the weekend, we’ll start watering next week,” he said.
Pierce also noted that the carpet for the library will be installed in June or July, and the existing carpet will be cleaned. The new outside door for the kitchen is on order, and arrangements are being made to start working on the drainage issue behind the kitchen area.


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