Partnering with the City

R-IV School Board to Use Former MODOT Building
The Willow Springs R-IV School Board met in regular session on November 8. As part of the consent agenda, the following substitute teachers were approved: Kristie Kessel, Lacey Bunch, Katherine Long, and Kylie Ennis. The Board accepted the resignation of Sandra Collins. 
Kenny Thomas of Thomas and Douglas Company presented the district's 2021 audit. The Board voted unanimously to approve the audit as presented. 
After a discussion of the HVAC system in the middle school building, a motion, made by Dean Aye and seconded by Mac Gum, to enter into a contract agreement with Entegrity Energy partners for the completion of the HVAC upgrade project, with financing from LJ Hart, passed with a vote of 5 to 2. The dissenting votes were Scott Foster and Matt Hobson.
The Board reviewed the Safe Return Plan as implemented in August 2021. They voted unanimously to continue with the Plan with no changes. 
Pursuant to Superintendent Bill Hall’s resignation last month, there was a discussion about the search process for a replacement superintendent. The Board voted unanimously to contract with the Missouri School Board Association to provide search services for the school district. This was the manner in which Hall himself was hired to the district.
Two school board seats will be up for election in April. The seats currently belong to Dean Aye and President Tony Friga. Interested candidates may file to run for election from December 7 to December 28 during the superintendent’s regular office hours. No candidate filing will be available during the Christmas break from school 
Finally, Matt Hobson made a motion, which was seconded by Brent Colley, to approve the district to partner with the City of Willow Springs for the acquisition or leasing of the south MODOT building. The School Board previously toured these buildings to inspect them for suitability for use as additional educational space. The motion was passed unanimously, contingent upon the district securing suitable financing. The south MODOT building is currently occupied by Children’s Behavioral Services, a business currently in the middle of a multi-year lease of the space.
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