Board member Chad Fleenor brought the issue to the board’s attention, an idea he said had been “kicked around” in previous meetings. His request was for $2,500 to cover architectural fees required to bring a concept drawing of a replacement building for the school.
The current building, he noted, suffers from flooding and a press box that’s difficult for people with disabilities to access.
The motion doesn’t give the green light for progress beyond the architect’s fees, but the school has been fundraising for a replacement building. Fleenor said he wasn’t sure how much had been raised, and board member Mitch Meredith asked if the board would be reimbursed those fees if the project moves forward.
Fleenor said he wasn’t sure about that either, and said he made the motion just to have a concept for the project moving forward.
“That’s what I was going to suggest,” board member Jason Day said. “If we don’t approve it, we eat (the costs), if we approve it, then they pay for it. I think that’s fair.”
Board member Annette Buchanan was absent from the meeting, so the motion passed 7-1 with Philip McLain voting against it. The finished plans will be presented to the Finance and Facilities committees before making their way back to the board.
In other news, the board unanimously approved a motion for a summer contract for two employees — a Boones Creek principal and assistant principal — for additional administrative time required for the fall opening of the new Boones Creek K-8 School. The motion was requested by Director of Schools Bill Flanary, who said the measure was necessary to pay the salaried employees who aren’t contracted for summer months.
“There is no salary schedule that allows for middle school, elementary school principals or assistant principals to be paid for 12 months,” he said during the meeting.”I’m not going to pay for somebody when I don’t have a policy.”
Finance Director Brad Hale said the money is in the budget, but he may have to move some dollars around. The motion passed unanimously after some discussion among board members.
The board has two meetings next week:
• A called meeting on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. to review board policy and for a presentation from Energy Systems Group.
• A workshop on Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. to go over the board’s revenues with Hale.