Boonville School Board talks about funds

Five out of the seven Boonville R-1 School Board members decided to re-bid for copy machines district wide at the Tuesday evening meeting because of discrepancies in one single bid.
Five separate companies submitted bids for consideration to the board. The confusion began when one single company submitted a bid, which was not introduced to the exact specifications to the bid. This bidder also happened to be the lowest bidder of all five companies at $.0029 per page copy. A decision will be made at the next council meeting when new bids will be reviewed.
Boonville Superintendent Mark Ficken laid out his 2013-14 budget message to the board. He stated in the message the budget will increase by .989 percent from both the federal and state level. The bulk of the increase will come from local and foundation dollars.
Much of the increases deal with rising medical insurance costs by 8.8 percent. Workman's compensation will increase from $70,000-$75,000. This district increased their staff by 1.5 positions and will allocate funds to purchase $125,000 worth of technology supplies.  The overall expense budget will be $14,854,516.
In further news, the board decided to accept a bid from Bimbo Bakeries headquartered in Sedalia to provide the bakery goods to the district. Ficken said the bakery currently delivers fresh goods twice a week. A bid was also accepted from Central Dairy milk for the next school year. Ficken said they are very happy with the services they have provided for many years.
After a walkthrough of the district buildings the board will reassess their five year capitol improvement plan. A representative from Septagon Construction located in Sedalia, will be giving the board updated cost estimates and priority suggestions. Current cost estimates were completed many years ago, thus a new figure will need to be estimated. The plan will detail priorities at each project school and what year it would be completed in.