Sweet Springs school begins preliminary work on new track

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Sweet Springs R-7 Board of Education authorized an architect to begin work on a design for a new track at the school during their regular meeting last Thursday.

Superintendent Donna Wright presented the board with total cost estimates for the project, which ranged between $400,000 and $700,000.

"I wouldn't mind to go ahead with an item or two with this, but the whole thing is, in my opinion, too much right now," said board member Donald Boland. "I don't want to walk away from it totally, but right now I don't think it's the right time."

After discussion, board member Brian Vogelsmeier moved the board first obtain a design for the track, "so we can proceed and see what the different steps are." The motion passed unanimously.

In new business, the board approved to continue getting school pictures from Inter-State Studio of Sedalia. Before voting they heard from representatives of Inter-State, as well as from Tammy Kersiek of Lee's Studio in Marshall. They also had a written bid from LifeTouch, a national company.

Wright said the bids were very similar, but recommended staying with Inter-State Studio, which has provided the service for many years.

"The school has been very pleased with their service, so at this time I would recommend we stay with Inter-State Studio," she said. The motion passed unanimously.

They adjourned into closed session to discuss personnel issues. The board set their next meeting for Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

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