The Enterprise school board did not look favorably at the idea of closing down the primary building as a cost saving measure for the district when the idea was presented by superintendent Brad Royse Monday night. Royse suggested that vacant rooms in the old school building could be used to house the district's youngest students.
"You would have a mutiny if you did," quipped band instructor Randy Morgan from the audience, referring to teachers of kindergarten through 4th grade who would be unwilling to give up their larger classrooms to move into the older building.
Both board members Randal Anderson and Joe Stangel spoke against the suggestion, thinking that the monetary savings would be less that $20,000. They also questioned the wisdom of mothballing one of the school's better facilities.
Royse informed the board that the school did not receive grants for special education and for the roofing of the school, but did receive a substantial grant for wireless connectivity between the county schools and the Education Service District. He anticipates that the school will be connected ahead of the other schools in the county, more than likely connected with the ESD before Thanksgiving.
Mike Wiedeman of the Enterprise Education Foundation was present at the meeting to present the school district with a $12,000 check for art education in the school. He also received the board's consent to partner with the Foundation on a grant application to the Ford Family Foundation Community Partnership Grant. The three year grant would yield $100,000 per year from the Ford Foundation accompanied by $10,000 per year from the Enterprise Education Foundation. Wiedeman said that a good portion of the money would be used to hire a professional facilitator to identify student needs and identify resources to meet those needs. Some of the money would also be used for matching funds for other grants.
Moffit Brothers, the low bidder, was awarded the contract to create a parking lot where the school's old house used to stand. Pit run, compaction and gravel were all part of the bid which came out to $4,848.24. Vemco, which donated 900 yard of fill dirt to the parking lot, was the only other bidder at $13,050.
The updated school board goals as adopted Monday evening included physical plant needs, curriculum and academic needs to facilitate an increase of student numbers reaching state benchmarks, a technology goal to bring the school into the 21st century, protecting the financial integrity of the district and studying the possibility of consolidation with Joseph.
In regards to the bond passed by district voters passed in May not to exceed $2.4 million for facility upgrades, Royse said that project director Ed Jensen has been actively involved in the process and that bids and specifications are being prepared. Royse hopes to have the majority of the work done by mid fall of 2003. "A lot of work is being done behind the scenes," he said.
Teacher Duff Pace was commended for offering his $750 salary for being senior class advisor to be added to the senior class's fund. The board approved the transaction.
The SMART reading program for children grades K-3 will begin Oct. 21, again under the supervision of Gretchen Piper.
A Japanese intern will be coming to the school later this month and will be staying in the home of Debbie Short.
The board approved the coaching positions of Troy Farwell for wrestling, Anna Butterfield for JV girls basketball and Dax Bryant for boys JV basketball.