The board also discussed moving forward with a no-tax increase bond issue in April 2019 for the purpose of improving district facilities.
Although school isn't yet out for the summer, the Palmyra R-I School District has plans in place for maintenance at all three of the school buildings.
At the district's board of education meeting on May 8, Superintendent Kirt Malone reported to the board on summer maintenance. Routine maintenance will occur in all three buildings. Some interior doors will be replaced at the high school to improve security in those areas. The district will replace rooftop units, some ductwork, and install a new control system at the middle school.
The school district will use existing funds to pay for the project and will save over $275,000 in interest expense and fees had the board chosen a lease-purchase option to pay for the project.
In other business:
• The board approved the trade-in of a 2002 John Deere tractor and snow blade toward the purchase of a John Deere Gator and snow blade.
• John Watkins reported on the district's one-to-one technology initiative. Infrastructure upgrades in the past two years allowed the district's system to handle the additional load of 1,100 iPads. Watkins also reported the Technology Department has upgraded the camera system at the high school campus to increase security. This will allow Marion County 911 to have remote access to the camera system.
• The board agreed to trade a 1994 AmTram bus to go toward the purchase of a 2019 65 passenger school bus.
• Malone reported the Legislative Conference committee agreed to fully fund the education foundation formula at $98 million with $10 million for transportation. The budget requires a final vote in each house by the end of this week.
• The board discussed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget. The preliminary budget reflects a 1.5 percent increase in local revenues. State revenue figures will become available after the budget is approved later this week. The board hopes to adopt the salary schedules and the final budget at the regular June board meeting.
• The board discussed moving forward with a no-tax increase bond issue in April 2019 for the purpose of improving district facilities.