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School board closes Bunderson, discusses other changes

Sandra Neff
Leader Correspondent

The relief felt by Bunderson School patrons March 24 when the demand for closure was vetoed was extinguished Wednesday, as the Box Elder School District School Board re-opened the issue and voted 5-2 to close that school in June.

Board president Nancy Kennedy referred to “Robert’s Rules of Order” and motioned that the board again review the issue. This time, board members Kennedy, Kevin Packer, Connie Archibald, Heather Young and Lynn Capener united their vote for closure against Jim Fuller and Bryan Smith who maintained their “nay” vote.

With the monies expected to be saved, Superintendent Steve Laing reviewed the 19 item list of cuts proposed to the budget. The continued use of athletic trainers and teacher aides for next year can now be considered without the elimination of other items.

The board also gave their go ahead to a six period day at the high schools and a standard eight hour for teachers. Still to be negotiated is the possibility that school start times will begin according to busing routes and insurance costs.

Lunch price will be increased by $.20. Field trips taken by elementary students will need to be funded through efforts by individual schools as will travel more than 150 miles from Brigham City by high school clubs and other school groups.

Again, Superintendent Laing emphasized these cuts would be painful to all but must be done as state funding through the recent legislature has been greatly reduced.

In other business, the bid for the new Garland Elementary School was accepted with Darrell W. Anderson as Construction Manager for the project. The total bid, coming in nearly $1 million below estimate, was $8,637,947. Included in the bid were two alternates for completion of six extra rooms and the use of resin type bathroom partitions instead of metal.

Six more rooms will give the district the opportunity to lessen the student load at the northern schools with boundary changes and growth. The model for the new school is Three Mile Creek Elementary in Perry.

The school should be ready for occupancy in August of 2011. Construction will begin within the next two weeks, stated Jim Christensen, Director of Facilities Management in the district.

Graduation assignments were given. Board member Lynn Capener will be speaking at Bear River’s graduation. Bryan Smith will be at Box Elder’s graduation. Nancy Kennedy will speak at the Dale Young Community High School.

The next work session of the school board will be Wednesday, April 28 with the next regular session in May.


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