R-II board moves ahead with replacing kitchen items

In what will be a money saver for the Marion County R-II school, the board of education approved moving forward with replacing a couple of items in the kitchen at the school.

The dishwasher and work surface tables will be replaced following action by the board, at their meeting last week, at which they also heard an update on a visit with the school’s bonding company and approved an online learning policy.

According to Superintendent Jason Keilholz, the district plans to move ahead with purchasing the items needed.

Doing so will save the district some money in the long run.

“The new dishwasher is going to be much more cost effective on water,” said Keilholz. “The sales rep estimates a savings of approximately 15 gallons per load.”

As best the board can figure out, the current dishwasher and surface tables are around 50 years old, having been installed when the school was rebuilt following a fire in 1970.

In other business, Keilholz discussed a meeting he had with Bruce Johnson of LJ Hart about the school’s current bond payment.

While the district does have some bonding capacity at this point, Keilholz said there are no plans to even think about another bond as the district just ran one in 2018.

The board also approved a MOCAP policy, which established guidelines for students who choose online learning.

They also discussed revising the district’s CSIP plan and approved establishing a committee to start that process and move forward.