Proposed new bus barn closer to becoming a reality
CORRECTIONVILLE - At its regular meeting last week, the River Valley School Board approved the new school calendar for the 2007-2008 school year, which sets Tuesday, August 21 as first day of classes, and Wednesday, May 21, 2008, as last day of classes.
Also, River Valley will dismiss Friday, December 21 for winter vacation and Christmas/New Year's holidays, with students returning to classes Thursday, January 3, 2008.
Students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, with staff inservice day on Thursday, March 20, and spring break running from Friday, March 21-through Monday, March 24.
There will be 180 classroom days and seven inservice days.
In other action, the River Valley Board accepted a request for early retirement for Bruce Spencer, the current grades 5th and 6th, and Title I math instructor. Spencer also has coached and taught Health and Physical Education in the District in the past.
The board also accepted the resignation of Gayle Jacobs as custodian, and of John Jacobs as Transportation Supervisor, Athletic Field Supervisor, Bus Maintenance Mechanic, and Bus Driver. The couple are retiring.
The board also approved Hoffman Insurance as EMC district insurance agency for 2007-2008 through 2009-2010.
The Board also met Thursday to fine-tune the final version of an architect's proposal for a new bus barn that would be built in Washta on school property. The architect will now prepare the proposal for bidding.
The board will open bids on Friday, March 23, and then hold a public hearing on the issue on Monday, March 26. After that public hearing, the board will vote to approve the facility, and also vote to determine which bid to accept.
The project will be paid for with local option sales tax dollars.
In her report to the board, Superintendent Julie DeStigter advised members that insurance rates will not be increasing for the next school year, and that the new Special Education bus is now in service.