CENTER, Mo. | Members of the Ralls County R-II Board of Education and the Long Range Facility Planning Committee discussed the next steps forward for several projects proposed throughout the district, with the board approving ballot language related to the proposal.
Projects identified by members of the Long Range Facility Planning Committee would be divided between a no-tax levy $4.75 million general obligation bond and a $0.20 tax-levy $3.25 million lease purchase. During previous meetings, committee members and board members discussed prioritizing the projects throughout the district and finding ways to make the proposals as efficient as possible.
The no-tax levy general obligation bond would include projects like:
Cosmetic renovations to the Mark Twain Junior High School and Senior High School for $4,7073,500
Baseball and softball field renovations for $518,500
Safety and security upgrades for $35,000
Parking lot lighting for $65,000
The $0.20 tax-levy increase proposal would include:
Functional upgrades to Mark Twain Junior High School and Senior High School for $1,290,980
A parking addition for Ralls County Elementary School for $322,190
Track and field renovations for $415,000
Renovations to the band and choir building for $286,750
FFA and Ag Shop building renovations for 541,500
In other business:
Two students were approved for early graduation.
Students were recognized for honors including Habit Heroes, Mark Twain Junior High School Students of the Month and Photography selection, All Conference Choir members and All District Football players.
Building administrators provided reports on topics like the Junior High School Basketball Tournament, Parents as Teachers, federal programs, the “Block the Door” Food Drive and the Winter Formal Dance.
Bids were collected for services including auditing, school safety (COPS) grant components and photography. The bids are due back in early January, and decisions will be made during the board's January 16 meeting.
A closed session was held to discuss personnel issues.
The next meeting for the Ralls County R-II Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.