Friday, March 20, 2015
Huff recommends spending $15K to improve acoustics in practice field press boxes
Judging from the agenda for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, meeting of the R-8 Board of Education, the spending on the "might-as-well" items is not over.
In two items that are placed on the consent agenda, meaning they are not scheduled to be discussed by the board, Huff and Johnson recommend spending more than $35,000 for more improvements to the high school athletic facilities.
More than half of that, $20,255, is to install sod in the track and field areas because "this area was an omission during the original bids."
The rest of the money, $15,495, is to install "wave panels' in the practice field press boxes to improve the acoustics.
The money for the items will come out of the 2014/2015 capital outlay budget, according to the board documents.
The athletics expenditures are not only the big ticket items scheduled to come before the board. During the superintendent's report, Huff will talk about trading in the laptops that were purchased for Joplin High School students with money provided by the United Arab Emirates and matching donors.
Reportedly, the computers are being traded in for the more expensive Mac Air laptops. No documentation for what is referred to as a "laptop exchange" is included in the board's packet.
A few interesting items were included among the bills being presented for the board to pay:
-$278.31 for a meal for the Salary Committee at the Red Onion Cafe
-$8,445 for the Core Collaborative. This is professional Common Core training and is a monthly payment for training in something which may or may not be used depending on what happens with Common Core. The cost for the whole year is approximately $100,000
-$309.71 to the Rib Crib for lunch for the construction crew which is preparing administration offices at the Memorial Middle School building
-$12,500 to Jack Owens to hang and finish the drywall at Memorial
-$12,095.61 to Embassy Embroidery, Webb City, for Joplin Eagles tumblers for the employees as "incentives"
-$119.97 for space heaters for the brand new Irving Elementary School
-$1,875.60 to Peregrine Corporation for power banks, listed as "Christmas gifts" to staff (the staff who received them must have been pretty far up the ladder)
-$123.17 to My Subs for lunch for the Board of Education's special meeting on February 9, Ironically, this was the closed session in which the board listened dutifully as Huff read the responses he and his upper level staff had written for the board to give to state auditors to include in a final audit that was highly critical of the board's spending. The meal probably took longer than the review.
-$288.74 to Rib Crib for a meal for the Facilities Committee
$117.48 to College Station Daylight Donuts described as "miscellaneous administration"