The Taylorville School Board accepted a bid from Curvey Real Estate for the purchase of the West School Property. 2 sealed bids were submitted and opened at the regular meeting of the Taylorville School Board on Monday evening. The first bid opened was submitted by M&K enterprises and was in the amount of $5555.25. The second bid was the bid submitted by Curvey Real Estate in the amount of $55,600. Bernie Curvey only requested that the board begin the process of getting the property rezoned commercial. It was pointed out by 2 of the board members that the frontage area on Spresser Street was already zoned commercially. The members then moved unanimously to accept the bid submitted by Curvey Real Estate that was over $50,000 more than the only other bid.
It was noted by Board President, Dave Cowell, that Superintendent Fuerstenau was unavailable for the meeting due to the passing of his mother. The School Board also moved on several personnel issues including the acceptance of the resignations of Lois Austin, Jill Covington, Linda Antle and Edie Jones, all effective at the end of the school year. It was also agreed to the dismissal of 3 teachers due to staff reductions for the 2013-2014 school year. Those teachers, Carmen Grendze, Ashley Luzader and Brina Townsend, were all honorably dismissed. A letter would be drafted to that effect by the board and sent to each and to the representative union. 19 non tenured teachers were also rehired for the upcoming year.
In other business, the board approved the bids for mowing of the school property. Bids were submitted by 4 different businesses, A Cut Above Lawn Care, Matt DeClerck Lawn and Garden, Longdon’s Mowing and Hauling and Tryon Lawn Care. The care of the properties were split between A Cut Above Lawn Care and Tryon Lawn Care. The district master calendar was approved, as was membership in the Illinois High School Association and the designation of People’s Bank and Trust as the Financial Institution for the School District. A bid for upgrades to the technology for the High School was submitted in 4 parts. Chris Kuntzman, Director of Computer Services, reported that some questions had arisen on 3 of the parts of the bids. It was agreed to table those 3 items until there was further clarification. The board approved a bid from New Wave Communications to provide the school system with an upgrade to the fiber WAN from 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. In accepting the bid, the school will upgrade to 10 times the speed for half of what they are presently spending.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:35.