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Palmyra School Board considering future facility improvements

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 5:55 pm Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 6:10 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra R-1 School Board continues to map out plans for possible future facility improvements.

Superintendent Kirt Malone provided the board with an update this week on facility repairs and planning for buildings and grounds.

School officials are still nailing down details, including cost projections, for a series of projects that may be carried out if voters approve a $3.5 million bond issue that will appear on the April 9, 2019, election ballot.

The bond issue would provide funding for a wide variety of facility improvements. However, Malone says residents would not see any increase in the district's property tax rate because the new bonds would replace an existing bond issue that's slated to be paid off in coming months.

Some of the projects being considered include renovations to the agriculture building; renovations to the middle school kitchen; construction of a new all-weather track at the high school; building an addition onto the weight room to house the high school's wrestling program; adding security features at the high school; improving the elementary school's playground; and upgrading the high school tennis courts.

The board also discussed plans to hold a retreat and work session in December to discuss goals. The session will be facilitated by an educational consultant.

The board also:

Approved the audit report for the 2017-18 school year.

Approved horizontal moves on the teachers' salary schedule based on additional years of experience and education.

Set the district's tuition rate at $8,971.81 for the 2018-19 school year.

Heard a report about the district's literacy plan.

Approved additions to the list of substitute teachers.

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