The Palmyra R-I School Board heard some positive financial news, heard a construction update and completed staff hirings for the coming year during the monthly meeting last Tuesday. 

In discussing the 2020-2021 preliminary budget with the board, Superintendent Kirt Malone said  it reflects lower state revenues and local revenues similar to the current fiscal year, but there was the good news from Jefferson City that the state legislature has approved full funding of the state formula for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, before adjourning for the summer. 

“We still have concerns the funding could be cut during the school year if the economy doesn’t get back on track,” Malone said, who also reported  state transportation payments will still be well below the mandated funding requirements for public schools. 

The budget will match the new state minimum wage for classified positions, and the board hopes to adopt the final budget at the regular June meeting.

Malone reported that construction projects at the high school athletic field are moving along as hoped.

“Construction is on schedule to be completed on time for the beginning of the football season, and we hope to play a full football schedule this fall and host some track meets in the spring,” Malone said.

Work on the concession stand is progressing, Malone said. The floor has been poured, and masons were expected to begin laying block this week, weather permitting. 

Whiston Construction crews are also working on the plaza/entry gate at the front of the high school building.

“We believe that will be a pretty addition to the PHS campus that everyone will see as they come to school and to school events,” Malone said. “The bleacher company is on site and they are in the preliminary stages of building the foundation.” 

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.