Local News: RI Board Approves Bid for New Phone System (1/21/22)

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jan 21, 2022

MARK J. SANDERS, Contributing Writer

The Poplar Bluff R-1 School Board approved a bid to install a new district-wide telephone system that includes a unified bell and pager system at its meeting Thursday.

The winning bid, from Blue Sky Technologies, will provide new telephone equipment, paging and intercom equipment, as well as equipment installation.

Initial purchase and installation costs will be $209,271, with annual recurring costs just under $40,000, which is comparable to the district’s current costs for its existing telephone services.

Superintendent Dr Scott Dill called the system “long overdue”. and highlighted the benefit of improved communication services both in individual schools and across the district.

Dill also presented the 2022-2023 district calendar, which the board approved. The plan puts the first day of school on Monday, August 22, with the end of the school year scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2023.

The board approved the application for the professional development scholarship and 50/50 scholarship for the 2023 financial year.

The Professional Development Bursary reimburses 75% of proposed equipment purchases. The approved proposal would provide new equipment for the cosmetology and health professions programs at the Professional and Technical Center.

The cosmetology proposal is $19,800, which would provide four microdermabrasion machines, two new teacher laptops, and two commercial washer/dryer sets.

The cost of the health professions program is $38,900, providing five new medical beds, a new computer for teachers, and a commercial washer/dryer set.

The 50/50 grant offers $9,000 for computer maintenance technology, $6,000 for welding and $15,000 for agriculture. The district’s share would be one-half, or $15,000.

At the request of the district, the board extended permission to solicit bids on a number of new maintenance projects, including the demolition of the old shop building at the college.

The proposed future building to be constructed at this location would include a new music room, two ??Project Lead the Way?? classrooms and a training room and a weight room for athletics.

Covering an area of ​​approximately 8,000 square feet, the preliminary cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.

Also proposed in the maintenance request is a new concession stand with restrooms and storage, to be built on visitors ?? next to the high school stadium. The cost is estimated at $280,000.

The board also approved increasing the position of college health care aide from part-time to full-time due to increased demands with the latest increase in COVID-19 cases. This change increases the time spent in this position from 29 hours to 35 hours per week.

Picking up on a discussion from last month, council approved the project manager’s at-risk fee structure and contract with Farmington’s Brockmiller Construction for the new district administration building, which will be located in downtown Poplar Bluff.

The contract includes a pre-construction fee of $5,000 and a total fee of 11% of the final approved budget for the process. This contract will be amended once design work is complete and costs are finalized. The board will then approve the amended contract.

The Board tabled changes to the Transportation Manager and Registrar job description as presented.