R-II Board Awards Roofing Job

By MARK EVANS

mevans@stegenherald.com

Meinershagen Roofing & Sheet Metal, LLC was awarded the contract to repair and replace roofs for the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.

Following Superintendent Dr. Julie Flieg’s recommendation, the R-II board awarded the bid to Meinershagen. The Farmington firm was low bidder, at $277,923. Other bids ranged from $323,708 to $811,189.

Flieg explained to the board that  a couple of sections of roof will have to be replaced, while others will just need repair or restoration.

The bid was $128,940 for replacement and $98,983 for restoration. One other bidder, Jim Taylor, Inc., had a lower bid on the restoration part ($74,018), but way much higher on the replacement portion ($249,690).

Flieg said the district has dealt with Meinershagen before.

“They have worked on our roofs before, a couple of times,” she said.

Flieg said that the roof on top of the current high school gym needs restoration, along with the roof over kindergarten and first-grade rooms.

The roof over the vestibule, meanwhile, is tilting into the building, causing water and snow to congregate there.

“We’re concerned that some of that is going to come into the building,” Flieg said.

Therefore, it will need replacing.

So does the roof of the elementary school gym, which Flieg said has been classified as “failing.”

The roof  above the high school business department also needs replacing.

“We were hoping to get three bids and we got seven,” Flieg said. “We were very excited.”

The replacement window is 60 days.

School board president David Bova expressed appreciation to the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and R-II nursing staff for getting COVID vaccines distributed to teachers, once Tier 3 of Phase 1B was enacted.

“It was much appreciated,” he said. “From everything I’ve heard, it was very positive, organized. Just a big thank you to those folks.”

He also thanked Joan Huck, outgoing board member, for her years of service.

ADDITIONAL TEACHER IS ADDED AT BES

Dr. Teresa Green explained that a third special education teacher be hired at Bloomsdale Elementary.

Green noted that while overall district enrollment figures for special education and total figures for Bloomsdale have stayed steady, the number of special education students at Bloomsdale has increased.

“When we break the building information down, we can see that there have been more special education students at Bloomsdale Elementary over the last two years,” Green said.

She indicated that a couple of special needs students have also moved to Bloomsdale. Plus, she noted, there are usually additional students who need special education second semester each year.

“It’s always been very tight with our schedules,” Green said. “The building has been very flexible and creative with the scheduling, but in order to insure that all of the students have the services required of an IEP (individualized education program), we really need a third position.”

The board voted unanimously to add a third position at Bloomsdale.

PRINCIPALS GIVE REPORTS

Building principals gave their monthly reports.

Bloomsdale principal Lorie Zuspann reported that a new student welcome was held in January, sine about 40 new students came on board.

Pre-K students held a fundraiser for local nursing homes, Zuspann said, while the 100th day of school was observed Feb. 5 and the second grade observed the 102nd day, complete with dalmatians.

Habit leaders were honored.

She said she expects “a good strong number” for kindergarten registration March 27.

Nanya Gegg, Ste. Genevieve Elementary principal, reported that the school was able to start putting students “back together and back in groups” in January, “getting back in the groove,” with COVID precautions taken.

“You could just hear the energy in the building,” Gegg said.

She said the number of virtual students are down to 24.

“So we are slowly bringing all of our students back,” she said.

The library was also reopened for book check-outs, with precautions in place.

Highlights included McTeacher Drive Thru Night at McDonald’s, School Counselors’ Week, Kindness Week, Valentine’s Day parties, Read On Missouri Week, a door-decorating contest, a Kids’ Heart Challenge and a Kindness Cereal Challenge, which Ste Genevieve elementary is also taking part in.

Dr. Scott Mercer gave the middle school report. He noted that the seventh-grade boys basketball team was conference champion and that spelling bee team competed at the Mineral Area conference meet at North County on Feb. 2.

The spring play will be held April 18, after the 2020 play had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. He noted that “a ton” of positive office referrals were given for good deeds.

The school held Kindness Week March 1-5, learning “the power of kind words and the power of unkind words,” in Mercer’s words.

Dr. Rhett Oldham, social studies teacher, finally got to be honored after being selected Missouri History Teacher of the Year in 2020.

“It was a small gesture, it was short and sweet, but I think very appropriate,”

The spring’s Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) testing is March 15-31, meanwhile.

Dr. John Boyd gave the high school report. He said the winter sports teams had “a fantastic” season and praised athletic director Jeff Nix.

He called the basketball and wrestling seasons “amazing, amazing accomplishments” and great character-builders for the student-athletes.

Meanwhile, the wheelie chair basketball game between coaches Brian Craft and Cody Schwent returned, with Craft’s team winning 15-4.

“This was sort of the kickoff to us starting to get some momentum,” Boyd said, “and starting to see some of the spirit come back.”

He called the spirit “amazing” at some of the sporting events.

Retiring principal Chris Hoehne was given an honorary Future Farmers of America membership. The ceremony happened to fall on the day Hoehne informed the staff of his retirement.

Among other honors received was Dr. Tracey Eatherton receiving the Missouri Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.