The Macon R-1 Board of Education took another step to long range facilities planning at Thursday night's regular meeting. Approval was given for the board facilities committee to request qualifications from architectural firms, interview applicants and select a firm to prepare plans for the future expansion needs of the district.
Superintendent Dr. Chuck Stockton told the board that preparations are being made to submit a FEMA grant application by Nov. 1 for possible funding for a storm shelter.
Dr. Stockton told the board that the consideration of the 2013-14 Final Budget will be moved to the November meeting. New budget software has been purchased and has not been completely installed.
Dr. Stockton presented billing from Macon Municipal Utilities dating back to September of 2006 which showed the amount of electricity used by the vocational school that was calculated by a courtesy meter. The district was inadvertently charged twice for the vocational usage, as the building was also included in the high school billing.
Macon Municipal Utilities determined that the dual billing for the electricity used in the vocational school began when the city began their new billing system in October of 2006. "We concur with their findings," said Dr. Stockton.
The difference of opinion comes from the amount of reimbursement that the district will receive from the school. The city has cited Missouri Revised Statute Chapter 516, section 516.120 which refers to a five year statute of limitations. The school feels that section 516.100 supports their claim that an amount of $60,941 should be paid to the district in addition to the $168,256.05 that the city has agreed to refund to the school in the form of monthly credits. Since the matter could concern legal action, it was to be discussed in executive session.
In his report Director of Operations Marshall Gingrich told the board that the district's busses run a total of 98,864 miles during the school year. "These are just our daily routes and do not include trips," he said. The board approved the 2013-14 Bus Route Report as presented.
Board President Donny Wyatt distributed forms to each board member to begin the annual process of the yearly evaluation of the superintendent. Each board member will fill out the form and return it to Wyatt during the executive session of the November meeting.
The board received a detailed incident list of the 2012-13 Annual Discipline Report. A copy of the report is required to be sent to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) annually.
Prior to the business meeting Philip Prewitt addressed the board during public comments. Prewitt submitted a proposal to add wrestling as a sport at Macon R-1 with minimal implementation cost to the district. The board will place the matter on the agenda for discussion at the November meeting.
In executive session the board accepted the resignation of Danny Wyatt as bus driver and Richelle Shoemaker as assistant high school cheerleader coach. The board approved the employment of Danny Moore from part time bus driver to full time.
Page 2 of 2 - The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the conference room.