The building of the new Vilonia Intermediate School is under way and it is scheduled to be ready in the summer of 2014.
“We are pushing for a finish date of June,” said Lance Wright, project manager for Nabholz Construction Services, Monday night, addressing the Vilonia Board of Education.
Slabs are being poured and frames are going up on the 10 acres of land, located on S. Mt. Olive Road, Wright said. Some projects are already in the finishing stages, he added. The base bid for the project is about $12.1 million and when completed it will serve students grades 4-6.
The construction company has also completed several projects at the Vilonia Primary School including building a saferoom, adding awnings and a parking lot, Wright said.
In other business:
• The board approved spending about $17,075 to build a vestibule “storefront addition” to the west gymnasium entrance at the high school. Wright said it could take up to six weeks to order and receive materials for the project and a couple of days to install.
• The board approved the reorganization of the board. Jerry Roberts will remain as president; Randy Sanders, vice-president; Mark McKissack, secretary; Mark Samuelson, board disbursement officer; Randy Sanders, alternate disbursement officer.
• Approved a student transfer request to Mayflower. They declined a request that would allow a five year old student to continue attending classes in Vilonia. The child’s grandmother said the student, who lives in the Beebe School District, was mistakenly enrolled in the Vilonia School District and would like to remain. To approve the request, the board would have had to change the district policy that currently says requests must be made and approved prior to the beginning of the school year. The policy does allow the board to make a choice regarding student transfer requests. Addressing his peers, Jerry Roberts said, there are two choices for the board regarding the matter. The first option is to change the current policy. Option two, he said, is to uphold the current policy.
“I feel for you but we have this policy 20 plus years and I have stood behind it,” said Jerry Roberts, board president. “My recommendation is to uphold the policy.”
• Approved a special education budget stipulating the money will be spent in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
• Approved three contracts for services related to physical and occupational therapy.
• Approved the purchase of an embroidery machine from the Sewing Center in Conway, at a cost of about $12,000 for Eagles Nest using Department of Career Education Entrepreneur Program grant money.
• Approved the purchase of a cutting system for the agriculture department from PlasmaCam Inc. at a cost of about $10,367. Board member Jake Turner said the system will allow students to make items that can be used in fundraising.
• Approved entering into a contract with American Petroleum at a cost of about $18,180 for upgrades and a fuel management system at the bus barn. There was also discussion regarding the purchase of a fleet management system for school buses. The proposal was tabled giving officials time to do some research on privacy and safety related issues.