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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • School board accepts bid for building trades house

  • The Hannibal public school district’s latest building trades house won’t stand empty much longer. On Wednesday night the Board of Education accepted the lone bid it received for the house, located at 5671 County Road 441 in the Clear Creek Subdivision.
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  • The Hannibal public school district’s latest building trades house won’t stand empty much longer. On Wednesday night the Board of Education accepted the lone bid it received for the house, located at 5671 County Road 441 in the Clear Creek Subdivision.
    Among those happy to finally have a buyer for the property is Rich Stilley, district business manager.
    “It is a relief and it actually is a great pleasure to be able to have these kids’ hard work pay off and at the same time a really great home being sold to a really great family,” he said.
    Mike and Julie Vaia’s bid of $183,000 was accepted. And while the structure’s appraised value is $193,000, Stilley indicated the district has significantly less than that in the 1,790 square foot house, constructed over the past two years by students in the Hannibal Career and Technical Center's BuildingTrades program
    “We’re not taking a (financial) hit at all on it. In fact, we’ll make a little bit of money and we’ll apply that to the next home,” said Stilley.
    Stilley could not explain why the house did not receive any bids previously.
    “I wish I could tell you why it took so long. We had an open house. We had several advertisements. I really don’t know what took so long,” he said.
    In other business:
    • Board member Erik Gottman took the oath of office.
    • It was reported that Sandy Roach, the Stowell Elementary School cafeteria manager, has completed her Serve Safe certification. The certification is good for five years.
    • The transportation staff is processing summer school applications and making route assignments. Bus schedules will be sent to parents the first week of June.
    • The school district took possession of three new buses on April 30. The buses went into service on May 12. One of the buses being replaced will be kept as a spare, another will be sold and the third was sold and destroyed as part of the $20,000 Department of Natural Resources grant.
    • New routing software is very close to being up and running. At last report the district was waiting on the server to be installed and equipped to run the program.
    • Attendance remains high. In April, the district attendance was 95.25 percent. It was the highest percentage of the 2014 portion of the school year.
    • The Board recognized the following high school students for their first place finish in the state in the Finance Challenge (Alex Addison, Dhaval Katbamna, Parth Parikh and Gus Meyer) and EconChallenge (Joey Bridges, Eric Hugenberg, Dhaval Katbamna and Parth Parikh).
    Page 2 of 2 - • Roger McGregor, director of the Hannibal Career and Technical Center, and Diane Addison, coordinator of the Early Childhood Program, provided updates.
    Addison reported that of HHS’ top 20 graduates this year, 16 came through the Parents as Teachers program. McGregor told the Board that enrollment stands at 859, which he described as a “good number.”
    • Summer school enrollment totals as of May 16 were provided the Board: Early Childhood Center, 106; Veterans (K-4), 379; middle school (5-8), 184; high school (9-12), 154. Superintendent Jill Janes says that total has grown since that date.
    • The Board was congratulated for being one of 22 school districts in the state to receive a Missouri School Board Association Governance Award.
    • The reconfiguration of the traffic flow, parking and egress of the south parking lot at the high school will begin the first week of June.
    • A rundown of projects planned this spring and summer was provided: Oakwood classroom lighting, Patterson Gym lightning, middle school gym work, partial roof replacements at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center and high school, replacement of the front sidewalk at the high school, resurfacing of the Porter Stadium track, kitchen pipe replacement at the middle school, and carpet replacements.
    • Approval was given administrative salaries for the next school year. It includes a $750 raise, plus increment increases on the salary scale.
    The raise is comparable to what teachers will receive.
    • The Board OK’d the district’s Summer School application and the roster of Summer School teachers.

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