C-N board approves building projects, officially welcomes Walker as superintendent

Brett Van Waus Contributing Writer

The Colo-NESCO board of education spent much of Monday’s meeting discussing various infrastructure projects around the district. The largest purchase approved was for the roof above the McCallsburg gym for $47,000. Director of Maintenance Bill Lytle noted that the district has attempted to alleviate the leaking asphalt roof several times, but a new roof is needed to completely fix the issue. Lytle estimates the roof has not been replaced in at least 30 years.

In addition to the roof, the board approved over $25,000 for the refurbishment of the fifth- and sixth-grade bathroom at the Colo facility, including bringing it up to American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance. While repairing a small section of drywall, it was discovered that black mold was present behind the wall of the restroom, so sections of the affected wall will be replaced.

The board also approved $6,499 in new carpet for the junior high/high school facility, but Lytle said as of now, it is likely the carpet will not be replaced until winter break in December. The board approved the carpet purchase tonight because it’s possible the project could be moved up until the week before school starts on Aug. 23.

Business Manager Lisa Waddell got approval from the board to invest $1 million in a 24-month CD, which earns 2.3 percent interest per month (as opposed to less than one percent currently in traditional checking accounts) with State Bank & Trust of Nevada. Waddell estimates that this will earn the school $1,100 per month. The additional money will go into the school’s General Fund.

Per last month’s meeting discussing school security, Waddell is currently researching companies that would provide a background check for potential visitors to the district’s campuses.

In personnel news, Vice President John Cutler thanked Ken Tiarks for his service to the district. New superintendent Jim Walker also mentioned that the six new staff members for upcoming school year are eager to be on board with the district. All board members welcomed Walker to the district as the full-time superintendent after attending several meetings in recent months.

The next board meeting will be held Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., in Colo.