Designs are being considered for the athletic complex, and financing is also being discussed.

The R-I Board of Education discussed design work during last week’s board meeting as well as discussed funding options with L.J. Hart and Company out of St. Louis.

The board also approved offering contracts to principals, approved the school calendar, heard a legislative update and heard reports from the special education and A+ programs.

According to Superintendent Kirt Malone, the design includes site work to improve drainage outside of the track, additional sidewalks, secured gated entrances on the north and south end of the complex, power access, water and sewer access, as well as some perimeter fencing, lighting, concession building with restrooms, grandstands, press box, enclosing the area under the grandstands for storage space, and scoreboard. 

“Bids will go out in February and be opened in early March,” he added. 

Also during the meeting, Larry Hart, with L.J. Hart and Company, which has provided funding options for Palmyra R-I since 1993, reported on funding options for this project.

“He explained the potential lease purchase process to finish the athletic complex this year,” Malone said, adding the district will seek bids from banks as well.

The district uses capital project funds to pay for construction projects, such as the 2017 middle school HVAC renovation project, and lease purchases for equipment, such as the new bus barn and student iPads. Schools can buy buses with capital project funds as well, Malone said.

See more R-I board news in this week's Palmyra Spectator.