Purdy school board fills staff vacancies, accepts bids
Contracts awarded for final phases of new building
As the new school year got underway, Purdy school board members reviewed the first month of activities that took action on staff and equipment bids.
The board hired Ryan Stokes as the new high school physical education and boys basketball coach. Stokes replaced Jeremy Dresslaer, who quit in August to take a post at the Willard district. A Mt. Vernon native, Stokes has been with the Spokane school district since 2013.
Sheri Farmer was also hired as a bus driver.
Superintendent Steven Chancellor reported a lightning strike in early August destroyed the campus-wide bell and intercom system. A $20,070 bid was accepted from Total Electronics Contracting as a replacement. Chancellor said the bill will be submitted to insurance after work ends.
On the storm shelter/performing arts center construction project, board members approved a change order to remove fencing from the site, leaving a credit of $10,625. They then approved a bid from Carnahan-White to place permanent fencing around the building, costing no more than $11,695. Chancellor expected the final cost to be lower, since most of the fence now in use can be remounted as part of the final work. The bid covered a new fence and supplies.
A bid of $13,190 was accepted from Total Electronics Contracting to connect fiber optics service from the current campus with the new building.
The board also approved a series of policy changes. mandatory changes covering revisions in state law included those on homeless students, students in foster care, identification of at-risk students, Dyslexia screening, reporting violent behavior, service animals in school and instruction of students with disabilities. Highly recommended changes focused on harassment and discrimination and website accessibility.