PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra R-1 School Board heard an update this week on construction taking place this summer, including several projects funded through a voter-approved $3.5 million bond issue.
Superintendent Kirt Malone told the board that a new artificial turf football field is nearing completion, and asphalt for the track will be laid soon.
In addition, Malone said dirt work on the new wrestling room began this week. Meanwhile, masonry work, plumbing and painting continue on the vo-ag building with roof work slated to begin there soon.
The new Ross Street entrance to the Palmyra Elementary School is nearing completion.
Regular summer maintenance also is proceeding on schedule. Malone said gym floors will be waxed at the end of this month.
In other action, the board approved a 20-cent increase in student meal prices for the 2019-20 school year. Free and reduced-price meals for low-income families will not be impacted.
Under the new fee schedule, lunch will cost $2.25 at the elementary school and $2.50 at the middle school and high school. Breakfast will cost $1.60 at the elementary school and middle school and $1.75 at the high school.
Adult meal prices will be $2.50 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.
The board agreed to schedule the district's annual tax rate hearing for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
The board approved Hannibal Clinic/Blessing Health Systems to provide primary care and behavioral tele-health services for students and staff through both local clinics in Palmyra.
The board accepted the resignation of Tammy Edwards-Hodges as a parent educator for the Parents As Teachers program.
The board hired the following individuals: Amanda Griesbaum as high school science teacher, Jeremy Griesbaum as high school vo-ag teacher, Shawn Burchett as high school paraprofessional, Jeff Smashey as elementary school custodian, Kelly Giesing as a PAT parent educator, Sherri Ragar as a PAT parent educator and Matt Thomas as assistant middle school softball coach.