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PANA — The Pana School Board met Wednesday night after their Monday meeting was canceled by bad weather on Monday. During the session, they voted to approve the sale of nearly $3.5 million in bonds to Stifle, Nicolaus and Co. of Springfield. The general obligation bonds completes the financing for the new elementary school currently under construction.
Members heard from Amy Christian, the district’s food service director and cafeteria manager, on the kitchen facilities of the new school. She said after she reviewed the plans for the kitchen, she had requested a steamer table, a storage room and an office for the head cook. When the final plans were drafted, none of those items were included.
She did note there is a 10’ x 7’ storage unit near the kitchen.
Christian also requested a walk-in storage freezer be built at the junior high school. She had a cost estimate of $31,000 for purchase an installation. The Board will take those items under consideration.
A contract with BLDD Engineering firm for replacement of the high school was tabled for the time being. An option of going through a performance contractor to avoid the bidding process is going to be considered.
The Worker’s Compensation Insurance package was approved. This year’s rate is just over $52,000. The total cost is a little more than a 23 percent decrease from last year, a savings to the district of just over $14,000.
The final audit for the school district was presented for the 2023 fiscal year and was approved. Finance Committee Chairman James Moon said the district’s rating dropped to a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, mainly due to the debt the district has taken on to build the new elementary school.
A job description for Pana Elementary School Assistant Principal was approved. This is in anticipation of the move to the new elementary school in the next school year. The job will be posted internally starting Thursday.
Going into executive session at 7:17 p.m., members emerged back to regular session an hour-and-45 minutes later and took the following actions: Accepted resignations from Leinon Breedlove, paraprofessional/playground aide, Lincoln School; Ronald Frost, substitute custodian; Paula Mitchell, junior high school lunch aide; and Samantha Perry, Waterford Lab paraprofessional; and leaves of absence for Sarah Jones, Shauna Macedon and Elwin Kimmel.
The meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.