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SPEC moving out of W’bago?

By Staff | Mar 25, 2018

The former Lincoln School building in Fairmont could become the new home for the Southern Plains Education Cooperative if all six school districts involved vote in favor of the over $10 million cost of the project.

All six boards involved in the Southern Plains Education Cooperative will need to agree in their next meeting whether or not they want to purchase the Lincoln Building in Fairmont.

United South Central superintendent Keith Fleming informed the USC School Board during their regular meeting last Tuesday evening that he, along with other members of the Southern Plains Education Cooperative, visited the site for their last meeting.

“The building is in much better shape than I expected, however there will be a need for some renovations,” he said.

The cost of the new facility would be over $10 million, and USC’s portion of paying that would be 15.09 percent, or roughly $114,136.61 every year.

“This is a 20-year lease levy program to purchase the Fairmont building,” stated Fleming. “USC doesn’t use its lease levy so all of the funds we would establish are available.”

According to the Southern Plains Educational Cooperative levy table, a homestead worth $100,000 in the USC district would be taxed $6 annually, while agricultural homesteads would pay $0.19 per acre.

The Southern Plains Board of Directors will decide this month whether or not to make a resolution to approve going forward with the plan and hope to have member district boards approve the resolution sometime in April.

In other USC district news, the School Board made a motion to purchase a new bus for the school.?The motion specifically states the purchase of the bus would not exceed $75,699.84 after the board was unsure of whether or not an estimate included a trade allowance or not.

And while on the subject of funds and spending, the School Board considered the need to adjust the preliminary 2018-19 General Fund budget considerations and directed the administration to develop staffing recommendations based on enrollment projections. The board also took a look at a preliminary list of possible 2018-19 Capital Outlay projects and budget estimates. The projects that were discussed included some maintenance issues outside of the school building, a sidewalk to the bus garage, as well as stronger fencing lath for the school’s tennis courts.

During their meeting the School Board also:

Approved ratification of the ESP Master Agreement for 2017-19.

Discussed and approved the Teachers On Call, or TOC, agreement.

Considered recommendation to post for a part time school nurse position in conjunction with the full time school nurse position.

Agreed to hire an additional 2018-19 ECFE?paraprofessional position, starting at 31.5 hours per week.

Authorized a revised Region V joint powers agreement, which is mostly a financial computer program to assist with payroll and other monetary allowances in the school.

Accepted approval of the remedial instruction programs in the elementary and high school on an on-going basis.

Heard from both the elementary and high school principals as well as the superintendent and other school committees.

The board learned from elementary school principal Tracey Magnuson that eight elementary school students will continue onto the regional science fair, and the elementary school also raised over $3,000 during their Jump Rope for Heart program.

It was reported by School Board member?Mike Schrader that the USC school is preparing for its annual fundraiser, The Price Is Right, set for April 21.

The next regular USC School?Board meeting will take place on April 17.