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Centre USD pays steep insurance increase

Staff writer

Centre USD 397’s property/casualty and fleet insurance premium is $57,774 for the 2012 year. This is an increase of $12,823 from the $44,951 paid in 2011. The payment was approved Monday by the board of education.

The insurer, Copeland Insurance Agency, cited numerous storms and claims throughout the country this past year and the district’s own four-year loss ratio of 160.8 percent as reasons for the increase.

Superintendent Jerri Kemble said the district hopes to have closure on the sale of the Lost Springs facility before the end of the year, at which time the insurance company will send a refund of $7,000 for dropped coverage.

The directors policy, which pertains to liability coverage for employees and board members, also was renewed, with a premium of $1,718.

The board approved purchase of five pairs of cameras for district buses from Midwest Bus Sales for $7,060. The infrared cameras will be placed at the front and rear of four route buses and the activity bus. Transportation director Bob Mueller said two older cameras already in service would be transferred to the other two route buses.

The action came after the board met in executive session for 20 minutes with Kemble and Mueller to discuss student matters.

After a 15-minute executive session with Kemble and activities director Greg Wyatt, the board hired Kim Shannon Shields as assistant coach for the high school girls’ basketball team.

The board approved Resolution FY12-09 to publish a public notice regarding its intention to fill a vacancy on the school board that occurred at the death of Burdette Peterson.

Richard Idleman, director of operations for IServe, presented a quote of $6,728 for windows to replace panels in the main gymnasium. Kemble said windows had been removed in the 1980s in an effort to conserve energy. She said installing insulating windows could decrease the need for artificial lighting in the gym during daylight hours. Wyatt concurred. No action was taken.

Two groups of students gave presentations to the board. Jennifer Montgomery presented the cast of the school play, “Fools,” to be performed Tuesday at Centre High School. Members introduced themselves and told what part they will play.

Wyatt presented students who were presidential and vice presidential candidates in the recent mock election. Representing four parties, the candidates presented their platforms and showed videos they created to promote themselves.

Shirley Miller, a Midwest representative, gave a presentation on the International Student Exchange Program and asked for permission to seek to place at Centre a second-semester student or a full-time student beginning the second semester this year. The board granted her request. There also was discussion about organizing an international club in which members would be exposed to presentations by exchange students.

The board accepted the resignation of Monica Svoboda as assistant cook, effective Dec. 20.

Kemble reported that the Purple Wave auction of surplus items and equipment netted $5,820.

Special meeting

At a special meeting last Wednesday, the board approved purchase of a new boiler for the high school building. According to Idleman, the current boiler is cracked. The new boiler will come from Sullivan Boiler, Emporia, at a cost of $19,990, half of which was paid at the time of the order.

Last modified Nov. 17, 2011

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