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Mammoth Spring Schools in good financial shape

Thursday, July 27, 2006

MAMMOTH SPRING -- When the Mammoth Spring School Board met for their board meeting July 10, they were informed their school district is in good financial condition by Superintendent Ron Taylor.

The board approved the end of the year financial report that showed the school's year ending (June 30, 2006) balance was $733,768.

Superintendent Ron Taylor told the board that restricted funds such as building programs, federal programs, professional development programs and the National School Lunch Program would have to be subtracted from the year-end balance of $429,449.

"Last year I anticipated a year-end balance of $237,291. We have made quite a few improvements in the school district as well as given teacher raises. Our balance was a little better than I anticipated. I feel good about the situation of the school district," Taylor said.

The superintendent gave an update on the extensive renovations and construction that is under way this summer at the school. He said the 12 new heat and air units in the high school are all but installed. This will give every room in the school individual heating and cooling controls.

The Bear Gymnasium floor has been refinished, new ceiling tile has been installed in the high school building lobby and the walls have been repainted in the lobby and the gym.

"The window and door project is still under way. The high school portion of that project is complete. About 40 percent of the new roof on the high school is complete at this time and the new special education building is approximately 60 percent complete," Taylor said.

The superintendent told the board the new roofs on the agriculture building and the community building are slated for construction after July 31.

Taylor said the company that was supposed to install the heat and air work in the community building, CMC Mechanical of Evening Shade, was not going to be able to fulfill their commitment to the school.

The board voted to accept the next lowest bid of $58,000 from Cushman Electric of Evening Shade. He said seven new three-phase heat and air units will be installed in the community building.

The board reviewed bids for yearly supplies needed at the school. The milk bid went to Highland Dairy; bread, Sara Lee; propane and fuel, Stateline Propane.

Taylor told the board the last three years the district has purchased school day insurance from the Dwight James Insurance Agency from Nashville, Ark. He presented a proposal from the Nought, Nought Insurance Company from Columbia, Mo., that he said gave better coverage at a more reasonable rate. The company also guaranteed their price for insurance coverage for students in preschool through 12th grade would not change for two years, he said. The board voted to enter in a contract with the Nought, Nought Insurance Company.

The board considered types and prices of window coverings for the high school building. The board voted to authorize the superintendent to handle the window coverings.

The board accepted the resignation of part-time janitor Cindy Rogers who has worked at the school for nine years.

They also looked at some applications for a music instructor at the school but made no decision about hiring one.



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