The Hickman Mills School Board meeting on March 22 included concerns about Ruskin, discussion about what to do with Ervin, and other issues.
Budget cuts, which have been a big issue for the district, were not discussed or voted on at the regular meeting.
Associate Superintendent of Business Mitch Nutterfield updated the board on three proposals for use of the former Ervin Middle School. Board Director Darrell Curls urged the board to take seriously all proposals that would make Ervin more attractive.
Board Director Breman Anderson, Jr. voiced concern about what he had observed at Smith-Hale Middle School.
"I'm thoroughly convinced it would be in our best interest to re-open Ervin as a middle school," Anderson told fellow board members.
At the suggestion of Board Vice President George Flesher, the board delayed further discussion until financial information was available. The three proposals include:
1) South Kansas City Baptist Church would like to use the media center area for a temporary home while searching for a permanent location. Their desire is to use the media center and offices located within the media center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Worship would be held in the large portion of the media center Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, and Sunday evenings.
2) Dave Wallace of "Education First Athletics Second Coalition" has asked to use the gym and some undefined number of classrooms for a community center. Mr. Wallace was invited to address the Facilities Committee in April.
3) Wayside Waifs is interested in leasing the current Buildings and Grounds (B&G) building. If this were to happen, the district's B&G would have to be relocated to Ervin where a portion of the building would be used for offices and warehousing. An estimate of $35,000 to $45,000 would be required to renovate Ervin to accommodate B&G.
For the full article, see the March 29th issue of the Advocate.