Concordia School Board approves agreements, agrees to purchase adjacent land

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

During a Concordia School Board meeting Thursday, May 9, the board voted on several issues in preparation for the coming school year and voted to purchase additional land for the district.

The board voted unanimously to purchase approximately 2.5-3 acres of land adjacent to Concordia High School, owned by Steve and Michelle Knight, for $10,000 per acre with no additional closing costs. According to Superintendent Brent Cooper, details of the purchase agreement are still being worked out at this time.

An agreement with the Crest Ridge School District for the 2019-2020 school year was approved unanimously by the board. The agreement is a reciprocal agreement with Crest Ridge to serve a family that lives closer to the Concordia R-2 School District than the Crest Ridge district. In such an agreement, the home district — Crest Ridge — waives the ADA funds allowed for each pupil and keeps the property tax revenues for that student. The receiving district — Concordia — gets the ADA funds for that student. One of the students in the family served by Concordia R-2 has autism and is now attending the Rainbow Center. Crest Ridge has agreed to help pay the excess cost, over and above what Concordia receives in ADA funds for the student. Cooper said he felt the agreement would prove beneficial to the Concordia district to continue the agreement.

“The parents of the student indicated they will rent a place to live in Concordia to ensure their son can continue to attend school in Concordia, which would mean we would bear more of the cost,” Cooper said.

Cooper reported the cost to educate the student — transportation and tuition — will be $47,800. Crest Ridge will pay $12,118.

“We will apply for excess cost funds to pay above the three-times the cost of educating a non-special education student, which is $18,611,” Cooper reported.

In another item of action, Cooper stated he would like to see the July meeting of the Board of Education eliminated for the summer of 2019.

“We don’t usually have much business during July, and we can easily move it to one of the June meetings or August to cover it,” he said. “We have an extra meeting during several months and this would give everyone a little break during the summer.”

The board voted unanimously to approve the request to eliminate the July 2019 meeting.

Student insurance was on the agenda for the board. The district offers its students a low price student insurance policy each year. This is seen as helpful for students who participate in MSHSAA activities, which require students to have insurance.

“Historically, the district has paid for football insurance for any students who play football and take the selected school insurance,” Cooper said. “The fiscal note for the district would be between $650 and $1,000.”

The board voted unanimously to provide the insurance for students who play football and to continue with the same insurance carrier they have had in the past, Markel Insurance Company.

The board also adopted school bus transportation and provisions for the 2019-2020 school year. Cooper reported that the district has a three-year transportation contract with Fowler Bus Company, during which the cost is renegotiated each year. The last contract was signed in May of 2018 and goes through the 2020-2021 school year. The new contract, if signed, would run through the 2021-2022 school year, he said. Costs under the current contract are as follows:

Trip Route Mileage: $4,085.29 per month.

Extra Trips: $2.72 per mile.

Minimum Mileage for Extra Trips: $96.58.

Sitting Time Rate: $10.30 per hour.

Vo Tech Route: $21,174.84 per year.

The current fiscal note for the district for transportation is approximately $235,000, Cooper reported. This includes regular routes, the Vo-tech route, high school, elementary, A+ and student activity transportation, and transportation for a student to attend a special school.

“We receive approximately $45,000 in state transportation aid,” Cooper reported. “We do get a portion of the costs to transport the student to the special school reimbursed, as well.”

The board unanimously approved extending the current contract with Fowler Bus Company through the 2021-2022 school year.

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