A partnership between the Boonville R1 School District and Central Missouri Community Action is coming nearer to a reality. A weatherization program offered by CMCA is seeking to move its testing facility. The facility is a testing house for different heating and insulation options. Boonslick Technical Institute Director Karen Brosi voiced a want for the facility at the BTECH. She said it could help students learn more about building practices and different weatherization techniques. A presentation was given by Richmond Wheeler of CMCA about how the facility worked. The board approved to move forward with the proposal.
In other news, Board Treasurer Jeff Lammers made a motion to render a 1991 Ford truck surplus property and to offer it for silent auction. Superintendent Mark Ficken said that the truck is becoming harder and harder to maintain and is in constant repair. The truck currently has a snow plow attached. The motion passed unanimously.
For the last couple months drug awareness has been a topic of discussion. Ficken stated that Boonville is one of the two schools in the conference that does not do random drug testing. For this reason the board approved a forum of drug awareness on November 13. This forum will be open to students, staff and parents. The board also approved a committee consisting of High School staff, LSE staff and board members to discuss issues such as who would receive drug testing. Ficken said he has been working with the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force and the Boonville Police Department on the drug testing subject.
Other agenda items included a recall of the RFP Natural Gas Bid, approval of the 2012-13 school year calendar and approval of the Board of Education Assignments. Furthermore, the 2012 MSBA Conference will be held at LSE Middle School. Paul Davis, Eastern District Commissioner for Cooper County and a CMCA board member, was the keynote speaker. He praised the class on their passions for the future of Cooper County and noted that each spoke of community and not self.
Class facilitators Abby Lenger and Evan Melkersman presented the class and awarded the certificates.
Cake and ice cream followed and closing remarks were made by Darin Preis, Executive Director of CMCA.