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Facilities Planning, Contract Discussions Dominate USD 407 BOE Meeting; Minutes Included

USD 407 BOEA large number of items, including continued facilities planning and administrators' and directors' contracts, were addressed at Monday evening's USD 407 Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Dave Couch updated the Board on where the facilities planning discussion was after he stated he and the district's administrators met last week to continue brainstorming and searching for ideas. At a special meeting of the Board on January 31, it was approved that the district stay where it's at with its current configuration of school facilities and make any improvements that need to be made, but also begin researching the possibility and price of building a brand new school in Russell - a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade school building that would be located near the current Russell High School facility.

Couch explains this is simply an idea and nothing is set in stone yet. He says exploration of all the options is what he, the administrators and the Board are currently doing.

"As soon as you mention a new building, everybody thinks you're going to run out, you're going to get bids, and you're going to build a new building; that's not the case," Couch said. "We just want to find out what it might cost to build a new building, then we'll come back and decide is that something we could even consider or not and also would it be better to build a new building than to keep putting money into our old buildings."

Also addressed Monday were district administrators' and directors' contract renewals for 2013-2014. Contracts were renewed for Russell High School Principal and Transportation Director Larry Bernard, Ruppenthal Middle School Principal Gaylon Walter, Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools Principal Kent Michel and Special Education and Curriculum Director Kathy Cook.

Capital outlay and a district fundraising policy were briefly discussed at the meeting as well.

Feb. 11 Meeting Minutes 


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