R-II board discusses facility upgrades
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by Patty Cheffey
While it is just in the discussion stages, Marion County R-II School District could be looking at some facility upgrades in the future.
In addition, the board reviewed the DESE APR score for the district and discussed insurance.
According to Superintendent Jason Keilholz, the district board has made no decisions about facility upgrades, but are merely opening up discussion about it.
“We are just in the beginning stages, nothing has been decided yet on anything,” said Keilholz. “The board members and I will come up with a list of possibilities at the next board meeting so we can get some direction.”
Keilholz reported the Marion County R-II School District received a score of 88.8 percent on the annual APR, which is based on test scores from grades three through eight.
“As a district we were very pleased with our performance,” said Keilholz, noting the score puts the district in the top 8 percent of the state. “As always, there is room for improvement, but we feel like we are in a really good place.
“The scores are a direct reflection of the quality of our staff and the support our community shows to our district.”
In other business, the board discussed looking at new insurance options for district employees.
“We are looking at a small increase (in the current insurance), but generally we are just looking to improve the overall product that we provide our employees,” said Keilholz of the reason the board is considering different insurances. “It’s something the board and I look into every year.”
Keilholz also noted the April board meeting date will be moved to April 19 due to conflicts with sporting events.