The Colo-Nesco board of education made decisions on a variety of issues Monday, including some sharing opportunities with neighboring districts.
The board re-approved an office sharing agreement with Collins-Maxwell schools with the aim of reducing costs for each district. The board also approved Colo-Nesco students to compete as part of the Nevada Dance Team as there is not enough interest for a team in the Colo-Nesco district alone. Transportation for dance team members going to Nevada will still need to be worked out.
The board also approved the sale of the Zearing football field property to the Steve Wildeboer Trust.
Nevada and Colo-Nesco Transportation Director Jason Sampson informed the board that two of the district’s older buses will be retired after this school year, due to the potential cost of repairs as well as safety concerns. Sampson’s thinking, as it stands now, is to buy a used bus to keep as a local route-running bus, but not take it on longer trips, such as those for extracurricular activities.
“[These older buses] are starting to rust out,” said Sampson. “I don’t think the buses are safe right now.”
Sampson is also looking into transitioning into propane fuel from diesel fuel, which he believes will save costs.
School meals will increase by 5 cents across the board for the 2017-18 school year, while adult meals at school will be offered at the state minimum of $3.60 per meal.
The district has approved bids for exterior painting, as well as carpet throughout the Colo building in 10 classrooms. Work will begin once the academic year has ended. The carpet will be interchangeable throughout different rooms to offer the building flexibility should class layouts change in the future.
The next open forum on a possible bond issue for improving the schools will be held on April 25 in Colo.
The next board of education meeting will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Colo to accommodate a junior high music concert the same evening.
In other news, Linda Michels, the at-risk coach for elementary students and Paula Cady, teacher instructional coach for the district, have resigned their positions effective at the end of the academic year, due to retirement. Board President Joel Niemeyer publicly thanked these ladies for their service to the district.