Saturday, July 18, 2015

Genoa Hugo School Board, Special meeting

By Will Bublitz

Two weeks ahead of its regular monthly meeting, the Genoa-Hugo Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday, July 7 to approve a couple of important projects that must be completed this summer before the start of school.

The first of the projects approved was the redesign of the school’s new parking lot that was built directly in front of the building’s main entrance as part of the BEST (Build Excellent Schools Today) school construction/renovation project. School officials, community members and others have complained the parking lot is too small for school buses to enter and turn around.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, the board approved a $14,250 bid from Green Horizons of Flagler to remodel the parking lot. Board chairman Terry Graham abstained from the vote explaining that he will be involved in the concrete work for the project.

The remodeling project includes tearing out the concrete island at the bottom end of the parking lot, widening the entrance by adjusting the curb and modifying the handicap ramp. In addition, the parking lanes within the lot will be changed to a diagonal 45 degrees.

The second project receiving the board’s approval was the purchase of a new electronic marquee sign for the school’s entrance on First Avenue. It will replace the old marquee sign that Superintendent Frank Reeves described as “an eyesore.”

The new marquee sign will a 5x8-foot double-sided TekStar with a 32x112-inch full-color LED display. It will be capable of scrolling letters and numbers as well as moving graphic displays. It can be operated wirelessly from the school’s administrative office.

The purchase of the new marquee sign is through Stewart Signs of Sarasota, Fla. The cost is $20,245.
In requesting approval the parking lot remodeling and marquee sign purchase, Reeves explained that both would be paid for “up front” with district funds. However, the district will be reimbursed later this year from the remaining BEST grant money once all the final details of the school construction/renovation project are completed.

In one other action, the four members present at Tuesday’s special meeting split on the hiring of Tammy Reeves as the school’s new Business teacher and 21st Century director. Graham said “the motion died” but Reeves has the option of resubmitting her application at a later time.

The Genoa-Hugo Board of Education will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 20.

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