By LISA SIMPSON STRANGE
Glasgow Daily Times
The Glasgow Board of Education had a full agenda Monday night during its regular monthly meeting, including saying good-bye to the district’s successful high school football coach.
Scotties Football Coach Rick Wood was honored by Happy Valley Learning Supervisor Tommy Elliott and GHS Principal Keith Hale along with board members as his retirement was announced during the meeting.
Wood, who was also a teacher at HVLC as well as coach at the high school, will retire effective Dec. 31.
“If you told me three years ago that we would be 14 and 1 this year, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Wood said. “I’m most proud of those 53 kids. I never had to worry about them in school. There were no bad reports from Mr. Hale.”
In other business, Scott Holt, project manager for the Glasgow High School construction project, gave the board members a progress report and said 90 percent of the roof will be completed by the end of December, that most of the brickwork on the academic wing has been finished and glass for window frames should arrive about Dec. 21. He also said 40 percent of the auditorium walls, the last part of new construction, are standing.
When asked about timetables, Holt told the board, “the gym will be ready for graduation. Everything else is on track.”
The board approved the eighth payment to Alliance Corporation for the high school project in the amount of just under $680,000. They also approved change orders 45 through 53 with the exception of No. 51 as presented by Holt. Board member Barret Lessenberry questioned the approximately $4,000 expenditure for the venting of a chemical storage cabinet. The board voted to table that one change order and approved the others.
Holt told the board that the total for all change orders on the project was a net credit of $132,000.
Special consultant Charlie Campbell reported to the board on furnishings for the new school, which were not included in the original contract. Approximately $1.3 million in student and teacher furniture, casework, band instrument storage, computers, telephone systems, interactive classrooms and a data storage system will still need to be added to the building. But according to Campbell, the district has about $2 million in construction and contingency funds to cover the expense.
Randy Wilkinson, director of pupil personnel, reported to the board that CELTIC Academy at the Happy Valley Learning Center will be ready for students on Jan. 2.
Cindy Greer, of Campbell, Myers & Rutledge, presented the board with the district audit for fiscal year ending June 30.
Greer said it was “a clean opinion, unqualified, the best you can get.” The firm did not identify any deficiencies or instances of non-compliance.
The board also approved the school calendar for the 2012-13 school year with a first day for students on Aug. 16. This is a later start date than usual.
Wilkinson said their were many factors taken into consideration but an important one was the projected completion date of the new high school and the concern Hale and his staff would have time to move into the new facility from the projected finish date of early to mid-July.