Concordia School Board approves technology lease, renews transportation contract
At the Concordia Board of Education’s regular meeting May 11, the board approved a lease with Concordia Bank to purchase technology for the elementary school and the high school. According to Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer, the district has utilized leases on several other occasions to purchase computers and spread the payments out over several years.
“The district will be purchasing 25 computers and monitors for the elementary school,” Scherer said. “It will replace a lab of computers that was purchased second-hand from the Holden School District several years ago.”
The computers are estimated to be 7-9 years old. The district will also purchase a projector and screen for the Concordia High School gymnasium, similar to the one at the elementary school. The total cost of the lease is $25,521.
The board also approved an agreement with the Brighter Futures Consortium. The consortium is made up of the six public schools in Lafayette County. Scherer explained the district has been a part of the consortium for the past several years and this was just formalizing the agreement.
“The Brighter Futures Consortium provides free mental health services for students age 5 to 21 and is funded through a county-wide sales tax,” Scherer said while explaining that the consortium has been very valuable to the students in the county providing needed services to those in which cost, time and transportation were obstacles to getting needed services.
In other business, the board approved a new district policy regarding lunch charges. This policy was mandated by the USDA and the state of Missouri. Scherer expressed concern in implementing parts of the new policy.
“It only allows students in grades nine to 12 to charge one meal before they are provided an alternate meal option,” she said. “The district is working to find ways to get information out to students and parents about this change. The district is also considering an online payment system to make things easier for families and to prevent a child from not receiving a regular meal.”
Markel Insurance Company was approved by the board as the student insurance provider. All students who participate in Missouri State High School Activities Association are required by carry insurance. Students who do not currently have insurance have the option to utilize the student insurance as a low-cost option. Premiums run from $15 a year to $435 a year depending on the coverage. Information about the insurance will be provided in student enrollment packets. Student athletes will be required to provide proof of insurance by the first practice.
During the meeting, the contract for Fowler Bus Company was extended for another year. Fowler Transportation provides the regular route transportation for the district as well as all the extra-curricular routes and career center route. Fowler Bus Company, from Richmond, is owned and operated by Connie and Mary Fowler. The contract included a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in fees over the 2016-2017 school year. The district currently runs five bus routes and transports more than 200 students each day.