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Renovations under way at NMC R-1 elementary buildings

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Cocy Cook of Kirn Plumbing and Heating cuts PVC pipe Tuesday at Matthews Elementary School.
NEW MADRID - The three Rs for New Madrid County R-1 School District's elementary schools this summer are: roofing, repairs and repainting.

According to Superintendent Bill Nance, the construction, funded through a bond issue passed in 2006, is moving at a rapid pace. He predicted all work will be completed at the Lilbourn and Matthews Elementary schools by the end of the summer while work will continue at the New Madrid Elementary School again next summer.

The Matthews and Lilbourn schools are having window panes replaced, new flooring installed and are being repainted.

As part of the R-1 Board's June meeting, approval was given for the cost of additional decking, metal tubing and fascia boards to be purchased for roofing needs at the Matthews Elementary School. Nance said officials were aware of the possibility of rotten decking but it couldn't be determined until the actual roof repairs began. The repairs, estimated at $12,000, will be funded through the district's construction account.

At New Madrid Elementary the gym floor is being completely redone. This will be followed by the addition of new bleachers, lighting, and a heating and cooling system, as well as the repainting of the gym. Also the bathrooms off the cafeteria will be refurbished this summer.

Jim Bates was named project supervisor by the school board and is on the various elementary school construction sites daily. In turn, Bates keeps him updated on the projects, Nance said.

"With the amount of work being done at the sites, he is able to be right on top of things," said Nance. "I think the patrons of the district will be well pleased once the work is completed."

The district plans to host open houses at the elementary schools at a date yet to announced, the superintendent said.

The R-1 District summer school, under the supervision of Rand Amick, will conclude June 26.

For the first time, the district offered summer school classes for high school level students who could earn a half credit by attending two-week sessions which run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. About 30 students attended the first two-

week session earning a 1/2 credit in English or history. The second two-week session has about 13 students working on science and math.

Approximately 175 kindergarten through fifth grade students are attending the summer school enrichment classes.

During the Board's June meeting approval was given for the bus routes to bring nearly 200 children children enrolled in the sessions to the district's buildings. Eleven buses were assigned to the elementary levels and two buses brought students to the high school.

Next school year, the R-1 district employees will have paychecks direct deposited. Approval was given by the board for a direct deposit contract with the Bank of New Madrid, which will oversee the program and will direct the deposit to whatever bank a participant desires.

The following personnel changes were approved:

The resignation of Kristina Hampton, assistant teacher at the Middle School, was accepted.

Debby Wiseman was transferred from full-time to part-time with the Middle School gifted program and David Crockett was transferred from boys assistant varsity basketball coach to head coach for the girls varsity basketball program. He will also serve as assistant high school varsity football coach.

Employed for the coming year were: Dennis Carmack, New Madrid County Central Junior ROTC; Josh Robins, personal finance and assistant varsity boys basketball coach; Jean Higgerson, learning disabilities at Matthews Elementary; Valerie Robbins, first grade; Shon McCanless, auto mechanics; Diana Comer, nurse with the New Madrid Elementary School; Stacy Allred, assistant librarian for Lilbourn and Matthews elementary schools; and substitute bus drivers to part-time bus drivers, Carolyn Brigley, Bobbi R. Smith, Jane Yates and Lee Hester.

The board also approved a contract for speech service with Angie Jackson at Matthews Elementary for the upcoming school year.