Palmyra R-I School Board members approved a resolution for a special bond election during their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 7, with upgrades for the elementary, middle and high schools specified in the proposal.

Palmyra R-I School Board members approved a resolution for a special bond election during their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 7, with upgrades for the elementary, middle and high schools specified in the proposal.

The bond issue is estimated not to increase the current debt service levy property tax levy of $.68 per $100 for assessed real estate and property, and the district would issue bonds in the amount of $3,500,000 if the measure is approved during the April 2 bond election. The planned upgrades include renovations for the high school Vo-Ag classrooms and restrooms, improvements for the middle school kitchen including air conditioning, window, ceiling and tile replacements, construction of an athletic complex with an all-weather track and activity field, expand the high school weight room with a space for the wrestling program, and renovate the elementary school playground.

In other business:

Tara Claus, district testing coordinator, provided a report on 2018 MAP and EOC testing results. Board members learned a new hot water containment system was installed at Palmyra Middle School during Christmas break. They also reviewed potential Vo-Ag Building renovation drawings. An update was shared for the PRIDE Graduation. School board members accepted resignations from District Gifted Program Teacher Ellen Stuhlman and High School Business Teacher Leisa Hinkle, both effective at the end of the year because of retirement. Board members extended the two-year contract by one year for Superintendent Kirt Malone. The February board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 instead of Tuesday, Feb. 12.