BROKEN BOW—Following a 4-2 vote to move forward with the track during the May 18 meeting, the Broken Bow School Board held its regular meeting on June 15 where Superintendent Darren Tobey said the work on the track will begin in the next two weeks.
Mr. Tobey said the track will be staked out in two weeks and then poured on July 6th and 7th. The former retaining wall has already been removed along with six trees. The track will be shifted approximately 18 inches to the east, according to Mr. Tobey, for a larger safety zone around the track.
The vote in May was contingent on the total being $600,000 or lower and it was stated during Monday night’s meeting the final bid came in under that amount, and was $75,000 lower than a bid from last year. The track will not raise the budget or the levy, according to Mr. Tobey.
The board discussed this year’s budget/levy and anticipates the district’s valuation to be announced by August 20. Treasurer J.B. Atkins said the school board is ahead on revenue at this time. Regarding the levy, Atkins said as valuations go down, the levy goes up–meaning the tax burden could be shifted to a different population (ag/farmland vs. residential/commercial) but will not change what is asked for by the board. Mr. Tobey said he does not anticipate asking for more money than the board has for the last few years.
A technology purchase was approved for approximately $109,000 for Chrome Books and the board also approved a motion for new K-12 math curriculum not to exceed $127,000.
Board member Gerald Pirnie was appointed to the district’s civics committee and the board briefly reviewed polices which will be voted on at the next meeting.
During the district accolades portion of the meeting, board member Pam Holcomb commended the FFA for its fundraising efforts to support the Lindner family, whose oldest son is a member of the FFA. The Lindner family experienced damage from a flash flood in May. Holcomb said the FFA raised more than $1,000 and proceeds were donated to the family.
The meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. and the next meeting will be held on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the preschool contract with Chief Construction.