The Boonville R-1 School Board unanimously approved the issue of $1.04 million in Lease Certificates of Participation in the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21 at the district’s central office.
The Lease Certificates will be issued by Municipal Bond Underwriters L.J. Hart & Company of St. Louis, MO. Two and three hundred thousand dollars in lease certificates were purchased by First State Bank and The Callaway Bank while Central Trust Bank acquired $540,000 to sell to local, individual investors.
According to L.J. Hart & Company, the certificates are set to mature on April 15, 2025 and April 15, 2029 with proceeds becoming available to the district on April 12, 2018. The proceeds, according to the district, will be utilized in financing the resurfacing of Gene Reagan Field, the construction and equipping of the new BTEC greenhouse, paving of district parking lots in addition to other needs and improvements.
The board also approved vendor bids, recommended by Septagon Construction, for the BTEC greenhouse project. Bids awarded included: Hummert, International, which will construct the structure, Anchor Fence for fencing the greenhouse area, GBH Concrete Solutions, Jefferies Electric for all wiring and electric.
In addition to improving agricultural and horticultural offerings through at the BTEC, the board approved the application by the center for an enhancement grant to fund the implementation of “Project Lead the Way.” The project would increase “stem” course offerings including a class in cyber security, a biomedical class and advanced computer coding classes. The BTEC would serve as a beta class for the cyber security course, which may be widely implemented elsewhere in the state in the future.
According to the BHS technological update, preliminary coding classes will be offered at the middle and high school levels in the 2018-2019 school year. The new  course has generated early interest at the high school level and will make Boonville and Fayette High Schools the only two in the area with such offerings for students. The high school coding course is being offered through a two year grant from Code Missouri as part of the Code High School program. Boonville received one of 15 grants awarded statewide to implement the professional development, curriculum, and course.
Early in the meeting, the board recognized BHS student Kyle Chrisman and presented the senior with a certificate of recognition for scoring a perfect mark of 36 on the ACT exam.
In new business, the board unanimously voted to maintain the current tuition rate for early childhood education program, open bids for copy machine services for the district with a three to five year contract demand of vendors and to open bids for surplus district property. A full list of surplus district property items is available online at with bids being taken sealed via silent auction at the District Administration Building on Main Street by noon on Wednesday, April 11. 
The board tabled to its April meeting discussions of the 2019-2020 district calendar, capital budget project, district employee insurance provider renewal. All items were tabled to allow district staff and patron analysis prior to the board’s vote upon each.