Fifth grade members of the Student Council led the Pledge of Allegiance for the February Board meeting held at Baldwin School. Student Council Sponsor Judy Mehaffy said the 5th grade leaders were elected by their peers and have really stepped up to help plan various fundraisers and events for their fellow students. Board members and the audience got a sneak peak of the Baldwin Drama Club’s upcoming performance of The Lion King Jr, The cast did an excellent job singing and dancing. The performances are in the Baldwin auditorium Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm, Thursday, March 2 at 9:15 am and 1:15 pm and Friday, March 3 at 9:15 am & 1:15 pm.
A Superintendent’s Committee for the Naming of Schools will be formed in the next few weeks to gain input from staff and community members. Board Members Jim Whitfield and Carol Nichols will help facilitate the committee. President Ali said that the schools will be part of the community for decades and in naming them, we want to make sure we go through it the right way. Any one interested in being a part of the committee should contact me at the Board Office.
The Boundary Advisory Task Force will hold three more public forums. The forums, all slated from 6 to 8 pm, will be held Thursday at Frederick Ball Community Room, Feb. 28 at Indian Hills Community Room, and March 2 at the Quincy Mall Community Room. After those three meetings, we feel confident we can come back and have final boundaries for the Board to vote on in March, which we can implement in August 2018. This committee, led by Joel Murphy and Board Members Whitfield and Bailey, has worked tirelessly and done an excellent job developing these boundaries.
The Board approved the lowest bid submitted by Blick’s Construction Company for demolition of the existing Monroe School at a cost of $125,400 and the lowest bid of $79,790 from Schemel-Tarrillion Inc. for asbestos abatement. Both projects together totaled less than the $225,00 budgeted.
Construction updates were presented for each elementary site. A preliminary plan for the Baldwin site was presented. Demolition will begin in Baldwin North this summer.