Tuesday’s meeting of the Grove Public School Board of Education marked the first for newly appointed Superintendent Sandy Harper.
Harper reported that she has been working closely with the city and that the streets around the middle school and Upper and Lower Elementary will be made one-way within two weeks in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion at pick-up and drop-off times during the school year.
In other business, a guaranteed maximum price proposed by Nabholz Construction Corporation was approved. The approved amount was $2,404,900 with a budgeted amount of $2.4 million.
Supreme Fixture Company was awarded the contract for new kitchen equipment at both the lower and upper elementary schools. The company came in with the lowest bid of $205,589, which would include bond costs.
Crossland Construction was awarded the contract for construction additions to Grove High School. Crossland offered the lowest bid for the contract at $513,400.
A motion to vote was brought to the table and approved regarding the Masonry bid package for the Upper Elementary.
The contract was awarded to Tom Herman Masonry of Wichita, Kansas.
During her report, Superintendent Harper noted the district is looking into purchasing a new maintenance truck that will be also used to pull band equipment to games.
Harper also stated that information regarding the community stops for the districts bus route would be announced soon.
Bus service from local childcare facilities has been discontinued. The district has donated a bus to all daycares for the transportation of children to school.
Athletic Director, Will Jones spoke of the extensive sports activities, as well as a new Oklahoma law recently passed.
Senate bill 1700 would require the school board to work in cooperation with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to develop guidelines, information sheets and forms to educate coaches, young athletes and parents on the nature and risk of a concussion and head injury and continuing to play after receiving an injury.
The board plans on discussing this further at the next meeting.
Bids were approved and a contract was awarded to Hiland Dairy for milk and milk products, and a bid for bread and bread products was awarded to Sara Lee who had the lowest bid.
The board also moved to approve a child nutrition procurement plan.
Board member Kenny Wright brought up his concerns about the food the schools are offering children and said he would like to examine this issue further.
“I’d like to find out if we can buy some our meat, fruits and vegetables locally,” Wright stated. Superintendent Harper said the addition of the salad bar last year was a start to modifying the situation.
Other business included the appointing of three current employees, Melissa Toohey, Gayle Yarborough and Tina Bauer with specific job titles.
Several new employees were approved for the 2010-2011 school year with temporary contracts.
The district will welcome Mandy Jones as Special Education teacher; Sylvie Kane as part-time high school math teacher; Angie Duff as high school Art teacher; Winifred Thomas as the nurse for the lower elementary; Dr. Jo Martin as upper elementary librarian; Shaunda Davis was awarded a transfer from the middle school to the high school as English teacher; Karen Innocenti was approved to transfer as the high school attendance clerk; and approval was given for Orville Newby as full time maintenance employee.