Recognitions and approvals at this week's meeting

The Augusta Board of Education approved hiring a social worker to be shared between Garfield and Robinson Elementary Schools a couple of months ago.  It was decided that the position would help the district grow towards the Kansans Can outcomes of Social/Emotional Growth.  Garfield and Robinson have a high number of students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, which can present barriers to student success.  An elementary school social worker can provide a valuable service to children as they progress through their school years.
The position is fully paid with Title 1 funds.
Greg Taylor and the staff at Robinson Elementary shared with board members the progress so far with students, parents and school staff working together to solve problems.  
Kathy Byrd was introduced as the new social worker and she shared with BOE members that she was excited and looking forward to working in the district.
Three district librarians were recognized for receiving grants:
Deb Kroeker, Garfield Elementary, received $964 from Pizza Hut and First Book for use on the First Book Marketplace.
Lora Jones, Robinson Elementary, received $2,500 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for Youth Literacy, Building Book Lovers.
Megan Vittitow, Augusta Middle School, received a $2,000 Literacy Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Superintendent John Black advised that a request for bids to replace the elevator/lift at the south end of AHS’s gymnasium.  Two bids were received; $26,250 from Access Elevator & Lift, and $19,500 from Home Elevator Company.  
The current elevator is not reliable and sometimes fails to work at all.   
Board members approved the low bid of $19,500 and the company advised the installation could be completed by Nov. 9, 2018.

Also approved were the purchase and installation of six more canopies at the Softball Complex.  The two bids submitted were; $59,100 from Compton Construction and $75,000 from Specialty Contractors.
“This is in cooperation with the Augusta Girls Softball League.  They are ready to finish the project and prepared to pay the full cost,” Superintendent Black stated.
There is a 16 to 18 week wait before the expected delivery date, but work is expected to be completed next February.
Box truck
Dr. Black presented a recommendation to purchase a box truck and lift from Parks, Inc. for $45,000.
Black explained the need for the truck arose after purchasing risers and choral shells, which take up lots of space in the stage area at AHS when not in use, and are difficult to move around a lot.
“The risers and choral shells are an investment and currently we don’t have an all-purpose vehicle to use throughout the district,” Black said.
In addition to the risers, band equipment has to be transported, as well.  Trucks are rented on those occasions.
The district has a 2006 box truck that is used by food service, but often loaned out for other work.
The Maintenance Department often has larger items that need moved and the truck and lift configuration will benefit the entire district.
Board members approved the purchase of the new box truck.
Replacement of baseball lighting
In months leading up to this week’s meeting, BOE members were aware that one of the old light poles at the Rodney Wheeler Baseball Field had fallen, a victim of weather and decay.  Board members had asked to compare costs of new poles, lights and electrical infrastructure, for fear of other old light poles falling.
Drew Rose, electrical engineer for Integrated Consulting Engineers, Inc. assisted Allan Milbradt with a recommendation to present to the board concerning an entire new LED lighting system.
The recommendation included the purchase of materials from Musco Project from Sourcewell, the cooperative purchasing agent, for $190,000 (through a 3 year lease purchasing program) to be delivered to the site; approval of the agreement with GMCN Architect for architectural and engineering services for $8,900, which includes working with the engineers to prepare a set of contract documents for the design associated with the installation of the new lights, and manage the bid process with the electrical contractors.
Dr. Black advised that the purchase comes with a 25 year warranty for all parts and labor.
The Board approved the purchase of the materials and the agreement for engineering services.  The $295,000 will be one payment out of the Capital Outlay.  Dr. Black stated that bid for contracting a electrical contractor will come  back before the Board next month.

Saturday's TG will feature information on the I.D.E.A. Grants, which were recognized at Monday's BOE meeting.