Palmyra School Board hears update on several construction projects

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019 12:01 am

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra School Board heard an update this week on several construction projects taking place in the district.

Tim Shikles, project manager from CTS, told board members that the renovation of the vocational-agriculture building is on schedule to be completed by the end of October.

Shikles said masonry work on the building has been finished, and dry wall is being installed. He said painters are working inside the building, while electrical work and heating, ventilation and air conditioning work also are continuing.

Meanwhile, Shikles said work is proceeding on the new wrestling room being built at the high school. He said the room is expected to be finished about the same time as the vo-ag building in late October.

Work began this week on the elementary school's playground project.

Also at its monthly meeting, the board heard an update on plans to establish an educational foundation to serve as a new conduit of funding for local schools. A committee has been working on the proposal with the goal of having a school foundation up and running within the next year so it can begin accepting charitable contributions from prospective donors.

School officials announced that total K-12 enrollment in the district this year stands at 1,103 students, with 342 at the high school, 352 at the middle school and 409 at the elementary school. In addition, 15 students are enrolled in the district's pre-kindergarten program.

In other action, the board:

º Accepted the resignations of Alicia Howell, elementary paraprofessional, and Kelly Geising, a parent educator in the Parents As Teachers program.

º Hired James Renot as an elementary paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year.

º Agreed to hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 before the board's next regular monthly meeting.

º Discussed holding the board's annual retreat on Dec. 7.