USD 333 Board of Education Approves Finance Resolution for Track/Turf Project at Harold M. Clark Stadium

By Kayla Sicard
KNCK Assistant News Director

The USD 333 Concordia Board of Education met Monday, November 13th to handle a finance resolution regarding USD 333 Concordia's High School Track and Turf Replacement Project at Harold M. Clark Stadium in Concordia.

As KNCK News was the first to report last month, the USD 333 Concordia Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve the bid from Hellas Construction, Inc. out of Austin, Texas for a new track and synethetic turf installation at Harold M. Clark Stadium at a total renovation cost of $1,299,900. Board members Tim Beims, Tony Miller, Mark Nordell and Steve Wetter voted in favor of the project. Kevin Pounds and Mary Beth Smith voted against the proposal. Board member John Culley abstained during the October 9th vote.

Under action items Monday, the board approved a finance resolution with United Bank and Trust in Concordia for the project. Superintendent Quentin Breese shares the details of this finance resolution.

Superintendent Breese along with Concordia High School Principal Bryce Wachs outlined Monday preliminary information regarding the possible addition of a school sponsored trap shooting club/team. The Concordia High School Student Council is unanimously in support of this activity, and the board shared support of further investigation into this topic with more to be shared at the board's next meeting in December. Clifton/Clyde, Southern Cloud and Minneapolis are surrounding schools that currently have this activity.

Some information was shared relating to a Hunter Safety course in the district, and more detailed information will be brought to the next meeting.

The board voted Monday to approve the addition of an EMT Course to be offered at Concordia Junior/Senior High School, and will be available during the Spring 2018 semester.

In other news, Superintendent Breese shared with the board of education a list of priority staffing needs in the district.

Approved was the purchase of radios to be used for communication in buildings and with the buses under state contract for a total amount of $29,281.46. This includes 14 radios for the buses, four for the district office, one for the superintendent, one for the transportation director, five for the Elementary School and ten for the Junior/Senior High School. This would provide efficient and reliable communication between the buildings and buses during trips and other situations.

The board unanimously approved the Neighborhood Revitalization resolution, which outlines the neighborhood revitalization program and procedures. These included changing the necessary increase in assessed valuation from $30,000 to $20,000, allowing more people to be eligible for the program, among other changes.

Also approved at the meeting was the addition of activity accounts at Concordia Junior/Senior High School for 7th and 8th grades to allow those classes to begin raising funds to be used in high school for class activities like homecoming and prom.

At a previous meeting, the board heard details relating to services to help negotiate a lower increase in insurance costs. The district was looking at around a 20% increase to health insurance costs and is now only looking at a 7.5% increase. Negotiations will continue with this issue.

The next regular monthly meeting will be on Monday, December 11th.