R-V school board to address boundary issue

Thursday, February 21, 2008

On Feb. 14, the Southwest R-V School Board voted to hire a lawyer to settle a boundary issue between the R-V District and the McDonald County R-I School District. Sara Gundle attended the regularly scheduled school board meeting to ask the board to take action regarding the boundary line issue.

According to Gundle, there are 122 parcels of land that have been absorbed by the McDonald County School District that formerly were part of the Southwest School District.

"I have been here three times over the last three years," said Gundle. "You're picking up these kids and they (McDonald County School District) are getting the money. You are going to have to say, 'This is our district and we want the money.'

"I have worked on this for three years and I can't do anymore," said Gundle. "This board is going to have to do it."

Doug Lawyer, Southwest superintendent, presented the board with a color-coded map that he received from Laura Paupe, McDonald County assessor.

"I took the list of a hundred and some names to her (Paupe)," said Lawyer. "She said the computer automatically changes the district when a property changes hands. She said it reverts back to R-I and she has to go in manually to change it back. We are beating our heads against a wall trying to work with her."

"I think we need to get our lawyer involved in this," said board member Bobby Stephens. "We are losing too many tax dollars to just sit around and not do anything."

"We could pay for the lawyer with the tax money we receive the first year,"?said board member Robert Catron.

Gundle suggested any Southwest School District patrons who are charged for McDonald County School District taxes pay those taxes "under protest."

"That is what I did," said Gundle. "Those funds will have to set in an account until this is settled."

After voting to hire a lawyer for the boundary line issue, the board members thanked Gundle for the work that she has performed related to the issue.

In old business, the board selected a construction firm and architectural service company for a construction project that includes plans for a new bus barn and renovations to restrooms located in the district's middle school.

The board received proposals for construction management services from Nabholz Construction Company, of Rogers, Ark., and Clinard Construction, of Bentonville, Ark.

The board approved the proposal from Nabholz Construction, which was recommended by Lawyer.

Only one proposal for architectural services was received. Mangold Architects, of Rogers, Ark., submitted the proposal, which was approved by the board.

In new business, the board reviewed a $71,695 bid from Allied Bus Sales, of Nixa, and a $74,447 bid from Midwest Bus Sales, of Bonner Springs, Kan., for a new school bus.

Lawyer requested the board allow Tom Lawrence, transportation director, to select which company to purchase two school buses from after inspecting buses from each company.

"I would like Tom to be able to use his best judgment to decide which bus will hold up the best on our routes," said Lawyer.

The board approved Lawyer's request. The district plans to purchase two buses for the 2008-09 school year and then one new bus each consecutive year after.

The board also approved a contract with LJ Hart and Company, of St. Louis, to handle the lease purchase agreements for the bus purchases. The agreement includes a 3.2 percent interest rate.

In other business, the Southwest R-V School Board:

• Approved starting the 2008-09 school year on Aug. 13. Teacher in-service will begin on Aug. 7.

• Amended the 2007-08 school year calendar to reflect March 24 and April 11 as snow make-up days.

• Scheduled the graduation date for the Class of 2008 on Friday, May 23.

• Hired Michelle Bernard and Stacha Curry as food service substitutes and Kellie Doty as a parents as teachers instructor.

• Received board policies, procedures and form updates that will be reviewed during the March board meeting.

• Held a 48-minute executive session to discuss personnel and student matters.

• Accepted the resignations of teachers Alden Stewart and Blanca Bingham and high school principal Larry Sorrells.

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