SW voters get a second chance for Proposition Safety

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Voters in the Southwest R-5 School District will have a second chance to decide a $1.5 million bond issue, Proposition Safety, in the upcoming Aug. 7 election. Board members unanimously approved placing the issue on the August ballot during their regular meeting in May.

The bond will fund the construction for a new music room at the high school as well as new elementary and middle school offices.

Voters already approved the measure by 53.73 percent on the April ballot, but the measure calls for voter approval of 58 percent.

The bond would cover construction of a new 4,000-square-foot music room at the east end of the high school to provide for band and choir practices and classroom space.

The bond would also fund the construction of a shared office area for both middle and elementary school principals and secretaries. The new offices will be constructed between the elementary and middle school, east of the kindergarten and through the eighth grade cafeteria.

A corridor would be included in this portion of the construction, to connect the middle school with the cafeteria. Currently, middle school students must walk across an open, uncovered area when going to and from lunch and drama classes.

The bond will also fund security cameras for the remainder of the school bus fleet and cameras at all school entrances.

The bond issue is not expected to increase the district's debt service tax levy.

"We can access $1.5 million without raising the levy, which is important to the board," said Bob Walker, superintendent. "We are going to give the issue another shot on the August ballot."

In other business, board members hired Karen Huffman-Brown as high school math, physics and speech and debate teacher; Jillanye Chancellor as high school social studies teacher; Sheri Epling as middle school science teacher; Brad Phillips as high school physical education teacher and girls basketball coach; Teresa Alverson as sixth grade teacher and Bakhytgul Strange as middle school special education teacher.

The board also accepted the resignation of Janice Murphy, Title I teacher; Mari Dobyns, sixth grade; and Jason Horn as high school boys basketball coach.

Board members approved the purchase of an International Integrated CE S school bus from Allied Bus Sales at a cost of $77,986.

Other bidders included Master's Transportation on an International Integrated CE S at a cost of $79,898; Midwest Bus Sales on a Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 TS at a cost of $75,243; and Central Bus Sales, Inc., Bluebird Vision Conventional, at a cost of $75,820.

"We went with the lowest International bid, as this is the model we prefer at this time," Walker said.

In other business, the Southwest R-5 School Board:

* Reviewed administrative reports from Judy Randall, Beverly Bonner, Tosha Watson, Wanda Smith, Kara Hendrix, Tom Lawrence and Walker.

In April, the board:

* Hired Felicia Hopping as a substitute teacher and Linda Morgan as the middle and high school communication arts teacher.

* Accepted the resignation of William Hurst, high school special education teacher.

* Named Danny Dalton as president of the board of education; Robert Shockley as vice president; Jeremy Barnard as treasurer; and Judy Brooks, secretary.

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