PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra R-1 School Board has decided to install an artificial turf football field inside its new track.
Last week the board awarded contract to Byrne and Jones to build a new track and field. However, the company's $1.031 million base bid called for a grass athletic field.
Then at a special meeting Monday, the board authorized an alternate bid costing an additional $400,000 to install an artificial turf football field. The board approved the alternate bid after learning that the bids for two other high-priority district projects -- renovating the ag building and the middle school kitchen -- came in no higher than expected.
All of these projects, and several others, are being carried out thanks to the voter-approved passage of a $3.5 million bond issue on April 2.
At Monday's special meeting, in addition to approving the turf field, the board approved a construction contract with the CTS Group of Indianapolis for the ag building renovation, middle school kitchen renovation, new wrestling room, high school security upgrades and elementary playground renovations.
Dirt work for the new track is scheduled to begin this week, and the new track and field is expected to be completed by the end of August, according to Superintendent Kirt Malone.
In other action Monday, the board hired Denise Sparks as an elementary school custodian and Kylee Meyer as an elementary school teacher.
The board also accepted the resignation of fourth grade teacher Shelley Smith, who is retiring.