Stephanie Wilson, General Manager of Macon Municipal Utilities spoke to the members of the Macon R-1 Board of Education during their regular meeting on Monday night in the central conference room. Wilson explained the upcoming water and electric rate increases that will be effective on the May 1 billing statements. Electricity will go up by an average of 13 percent in the first phase and another 7 percent in phase two on the January billing statements. Wilson told the board that commercial customers such as Macon R-1 will be hit the hardest. The increases are due to environmental regulations and other factors.
"Because of environmental regulations the cost of electricity will continue to go up," said Wilson.
Wilson estimates that the new rates will cause the school's bill to go up around $2,000 per month. Macon R-1 will not feel the impact of the rate increase immediately because of a billing error that was discovered by a company that was hired by Macon Municipal Utilities to look into the city's new rate structure.
The audit discovered a meter on the vocational school was being billed for electricity that was also being billed through the high school meter. This will result in a refund to the school of approximately $150,000 over the next two years. Wilson estimated the school's water bill will go up $50 per month.
The board heard reports from Dr. Chuck Stockton on the 2013-14 preliminary budget and John Walker on the policy committee meeting.
The board approved the program evaluation of the A+ Program as presented by assistant principal Bruce Weimer. Weimer told the board that approximately 75 percent of the class of 2013 is taking part in the A+ program.
The bid for summer mowing services was accepted from MidMow, who has provided those services in the past.
A bid of 10% over cost of materials was accepted for the 2013-14 building trades house from Jim Burns of Anabel. Burns' bid was the only one received.
Board president Donny Wyatt appointed a committee of Steve Burns, Joe Claypoole and Jerry Martie to select a recipient of the Missouri School Board Association Scholarship Award. There are 20 applicants for the $250 scholarship.
In executive session the board accepted the resignations from the following: Doug Hawkins, retiring as middle school physical education teacher; Jim Weimer, retiring as bus driver; Elizabeth Anderson, high school English teacher; Clint Baldwin, elementary physical education teacher; Marta Gall, elementary art teacher; Mary Rose Sallese, elementary special education teacher; Lindsey Stadler, elementary teacher; Amanda Pearce, middle school language arts teacher; Merle Hall, middle school boys track coach; Jason Martie, high school head baseball coach; Richelle Shoemaker, middle school cheerleading coach; Kerri Coin, high school assistant softball coach.
The board approved the hiring of the following: Kyle Robuck, elementary physical education, head high school baseball coach, asst. high school girls softball coach; Teresa Wiegand, elementary special education; Shayla Beckman, elementary special education; Karen Waller, elementary teacher; Cassandra Milhollin, elementary teacher; Shelly Snow, elementary teacher; Heather Mallett, elementary art; Grace Schneider, middle school language arts; Bridget Weimer, high school art; Michael Keene, high school communication arts, freshman football coach; Damon Collins, high school physical education, high school boys basketball coach, middle school boys track coach; all non-certified staff as recommended by principals.
Page 2 of 2 - The next regular meeting of the Macon R-1 Board of Education is scheduled for May 23 at 6 p.m. in the central conference room.