The Clark County Commissioners are proceeding with demolition plans for the Clark County Courthouse.
County Proceeds With Courthouse Demolition Plans
On November 30, a pre-demolition meeting was held between Commissioners Paul Allen, Jerry Neyens and Roger Sedore, S&V Consultants representatives Debby Peterson and James Kempker, and Irwin Zimmerman of Zimmerman Excavating, the low bidder for the project. Also attended was Presiding Commissioner-elect Ron Brewer.
According to the meeting minutes, the contract to proceed with the demolition was signed, and the Commissioners asked him not to start for two weeks.
After Zimmerman left, the Commissioners and S&V Consultant representatives talked to Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Summers about the letter from the Missouri Attorney General’s office, demanding repayment of the $57,500 emergency loan the county received.
On Thursday, December 2, Commissioner Jerry Neyens contacted Atmos Energy to inquire about the status of getting the gas line disconnected at the street. That had been requested on October 13, and had not been done.
CCR-1 School Board Approves District Audit Report
By Mike Scott
The Clark County R-1 School District ended its fiscal year on June 30, 2010, with a cash fund balance of $2,899,069 on hand, according to the audit report review at the Thurday, December 9 meeting.
The report showed the district took in $8,728,029 in receipts, and spent $10,174,329, a net deficiency of $1,446,300.
“Most of that was paying off an old bond” CCR-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht told board members.
The report shows the district spent $5,097,427 on Instructional Services, and $1,706,498 on Support Services. Food Services cost the district $422,378,and Building Maintenance cost $692,580. The district accounted for a Redemption of Principal Charge of $2,000,000, and had $202,915 in debt service. Other miscellaneous disbursements totalled $52,531.
“All in all, you folks had a good year,” CPA John Gillum told the board. “Most rural districts are facing declines. You’re holding pretty steady. In these economic times, you had a good year.”
The audit report was approved by a unanimous vote, and will be sent to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Kracht update the board on the district’s current financial status.
“This year we budgeted for an eight percent cut in state aid. The state is still saying it will be a four percent cut, so we may be better off this year. But it’s still the next two or three years we’re worried about.”
Average daily attendence dropped in November to just 902.93.
“Our attendence is still 96 percent,” said Black Hawk Principal Julie Brotherton. “We’ve had pinkeye and strep, and a lot of families moving for job opportunities.
Running Fox Principal Ryan Bergeson concurred, noting several student’s families have moved to Keokuk.
The board heard two program reports during the meeting.
School nurses Susan Thomson and Toni Glasscock presented the Health Services report.
Their goals are to educate students and families to reduce the spread of disease and to provide students and staff a safe learning environment, improve communicaiton with staff and parents, enforce policies and laws, and continued to provide screenings.
Listed program strengths were the Immunization Program, Screening Programs with referrals, Dedicated nurses who work well together and with other agencies, and computerized record-keeping.
Some upcoming programs are :First Grade Dental Class, Scoliosis screening for fifth graders, Puberty talks for fourth grade girls and their moms, and Puberty talks for all fifth graders.
Next on the agenda was the Food Service report, presented by Jane Saxton.
“I want to say that nobody is yelling at me about food anymore,” said board member Kristi Webber.
Saxton noted that participation is up thise year, and that the district is exceeding its goals, both for lunches and breakfasts.
“The ala carte has been tremendous at the high school so far,” Saxton said. The high school alone is averaging over $400 per day in ala carte sales.
“OPAA (the district’s contracted food service managment company) is a good place to work and is very supportive,” Saxton added.
“It has been a good financial move for us,” said Kracht. “We could not do it for these costs.”
OPAA’s contract is up for renewal in the spring of 2011.
In other business:
–Kracht updated the board on the constuction status, noting that outdoor work was probably done until spring.
–No other bidders were received for the FCC Broadband license, and it was sold to Hi-Beam Internet and Voice. ?The district will receive a $13,500 payment, plus $660 per year for 30 years, with three percent annual increases.
–The Clark County Middle School was selected as a Emints Grant recipient in Group 2. Training will begin next year, and starting in August 2010, all seventh and eighth graders will have laptop computers.
–Discussed the possible expansion of the Clarence Cannon Conference to include Bowling Green and North and South Callaway schools.
“It took us by surprise, but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Kracht said. “I think there are at least four other schools against the idea.”
Chamber Honors Local Businesses
The Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 6, at Cookies Cafe in Kahoka. Over thirty chamber members attended the dinner.
Chamber president Bev Laffoon reported on Santa’s arrival in downtown Kahoka last Friday, and noted that about 80 children and their families were at Steve’s Family Dining to meet him.
Drawings were held for Clark County Cash at several businesses, and several other businesses held their own in-store prize drawings.
The chamber members present re-elected three board members. Karen Arnold, Jan Wyrick and Maria Shirey will all return to the board.
The Chamber also presented two “Golden Hammer” awards, to two of Kahoka’s newest businesses: Cruisers and H&M Antiques.
“Things have been pretty tough around Clark County this year,” said Laffoon, “but we want to wish everyone the Merriest Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.