CORRECTIONVILLE - The bids will go out in February for the River Valley School District's proposed new bus facility to be constructed on existing River Valley Elementary School property in Washta.
The action stems from Monday's regularly scheduled River Valley School Board meeting here. A special board meeting will be arranged in the near future to meet with architects to have the building specifications drawn, with construction of the four-bay facility to be completed in the summer.
The bus barn will consist of a wash/repair bay, and three other bays for bus parking, with the wash/repair bay also used for bus parking.
In a related matter, RV Superintendent Julie DeStigter showed the board a letter received from the City of Washta thanking the board for considering and eventually locating the bus facility in Washta. The City has volunteered to waive all sewer and water fees to the facility for two years, and had originally offered to deed over three other sites to the district, before the board decided to utilize the district's own property adjacent to the Elementary School.
"The Washta site was a better site than the others we considered," said DeStigter. "It is very accessible from the street."
The district also has bus facilities in Cushing, Quimby, and Correctionville, some of which may be closed after the new barn in Washta is completed.
In other action, the Board approved hiring Rebecca Sanow of Washta to serve as dishwasher and Special Education aide.
The Board also approved second readings of Policy 901 concerning public examination of school district records, and Policy 705.1 dealing with purchasing and bidding processes. A first reading also was approved concerning personnel policies.
The Board also approved a request for PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Option) classes for six students (now, eight total). The Board Okd 12 PSEO courses available for the students.
In her regular report, DeStigter discussed staff development, curriculuum mapping, and crisis management plans with the Board. The crisis management plan is updated every five years.
The Superintendent also presented the proposed school calendar for the 2007-2008 school year. As proposed, the school year would begin August 21, 2007 and end May 21, 2008.