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Bloomfield Board approves minor Safe Room changes

Sunday, November 18, 2012

MIKE MCCOY - mmccoy@dailystatesman.com Second grade students at Bloomfield Elementary appeared before the Board of Education Thursday to present posters and lessons they learned about the election process. Students filled out a mock voter registration card, used validated IDs to vote, and counted ballots in the mock election. Students learned about the political process while gaining math and social studies skills. Republican Mitt Romney won their election. Students pictured above are, from left, Ashton White, Evan Shackles, Marvin Smith, Christian Hartlein, and Chelsea McCollom.

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BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Bloomfield School Board approved painting a purple stripe and adding lettering to the exterior of the FEMA Safe room under construction on the campus. The board consented to the floor plan for the hardwood gym floor in the Safe Room at their meeting held Thursday night at the Administration Building. The meeting was moved from Monday night due to Veterans Day.

Superintendent Toni Hill updated the board on construction progress. She said the Safe Room bid called for a plain concrete exterior coated with a sealant. She said that the project was scaled back due to the first bids coming back too high, and that improvements to the exterior were removed from the project. She noted that the concrete walls did not add to the appearance of the campus. She showed the board some drawings using a purple stripe around three walls of the building, and also said they could paint a Wildcat head with some lettering as well. She said the cost of painting would be around $5,000.

Hill said the board needed to decide about the painting before the sealant was applied because it would be hard to paint afterward. She said she contacted Midwest Paint in Cape Girardeau who quoted the $5,000 price. She said the district would have to get some prices on painting the Wildcat head and lettering.

Board members agreed that something needed to be done to make the building more attractive. Board Member John Newell said hopefully the district could install some brick accents and add other features to make the building more attractive at a later date.

Board Member Don Lafferty made the motion to approve the painting, and it passed by a unanimous vote. In addition to Newell and Lafferty, Dave Cooper, Bill Robison, Ryan Mayo, David Battles and Trevor Pulley were present.

Hill also showed the board samples of the hardwood to be used for the gym floor, interior door colors and tile to be used in the hallways and bathrooms. She said she picked out the colors (gray with purple accents), but the board could pick something different. All board members approved of the colors.

Hill presented the board with a floor plan for placement of the gym floor. She said the plan "pretty much centers the floor" in the building. It shows that there would be 10 feet outside the court on one side and four feet on the other side. She said there would be eight feet, six inches between the court and wall on one end and eight feet, 10 inches on the other. She said there would be enough room on one side to set up chairs. She said it would be adequate for events and a "great facility for PE."

Lafferty asked whether there would be enough room for pull-out bleachers. He said he had gone to other gyms and chairs were good for those on the front row, but bad for those behind in terms of being able to see. Mayo said the 10 feet would be enough for five rows of bleachers. Hill was asked if bleachers were part of the project, and she said they would have to be added at a later date. She also pointed out that the locker rooms would only be "roughed out" and stubbed for plumbing.

After some discussion, it was decided to provide more room between the court and the hallway and bathroom area. In the end the board decided to have six feet, six inches on the one end and 10 feet, six inches on the end with the bathrooms.

In other action, the board unanimously approved taking bids to demolish the house on Delaware Street that was recently purchased by the district at a cost of $15,000. The house is located behind the Agri building. Hill said she would obtain bids on the demolition and present them at the next board meeting.

The board approved district bus routes with no changes. There will continue to be five pick-up points inside the city of Bloomfield. The district eliminated door-to-door pick-ups inside the city two years ago.

The board set the dates for filing for positions on the School Board. The opening day for filing will be Dec. 11 with the closing day on Jan. 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. Hill said filing will be during normal business hours on all days except the last day, in which they are required to be open until 5 p.m. Board members whose terms are expiring are Dave Cooper and Don Lafferty.

The board set Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. for a facility planning meeting of the board. Hill said the district needed to discuss long-time goals and look at improvements to buildings on the campus.

In executive session, Jeff Hutchison's resignation was accepted. Hutchison is head of maintenance at the schools. The board took no action to replace Hutchison for the present time, Hill reported. Amanda Ezell and John Stepp were added to the substitute teachers list and William Williams and Tyler Caldwell were added to the substitute maintenance worker list.

An open house was set for mid-December for the house at 303 Seneca to be sold by the district. Sealed bids for the property will be taken with the bids to be opened in January.

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