The Boone Board of Education met Monday evening in regular session to discuss options for the 2022-23 school year calendar and fixing the date of sale for district bonds.

The board held a public hearing on the 2022-23 review of calendar draft. Two versions of the calendar were presented. Draft one is similar to the current school year calendar. Draft two has been created based on feedback from district leaders and staff, particularly from the School Improvement Advisory Committee. Draft two has two fewer instructional days and snow day make-up days that wouldn’t be tacked on at the end of the year. Parental input will be sought before a vote is taken by the board.

There was a motion to fix the date of sale, approving electronic bidding procedures and approving official statement for the $6.1 million General Obligation Refinancing Bonds, Series 2022, and fix the date of sale, approving electronic bidding procedures and approving official statement for the $3,100,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bond Series 2022A to Jan. 24.

Superintendent Julie Trepa said moving forward from the meeting, the board will have an agenda item to have building project updates.

The Boone Planning and Zoning Committee recently voted 7-0 to approve the construction of the proposed elementary school. It goes before the Boone City Council next week.

“We’re waiting now for winter to be over so we can start breaking ground,” Trepa said.

On Jan. 19, the Futures/Home School Assistance Program project will come before the board to approve construction bids. Pre-construction meetings have taken place for the High School Gym Renovation and HVAC upgrades.

“It’s exciting that we’re actually started on some of these and we’re just a few short weeks away from starting the gym remodel,” Trepa said. “Every time I’m at a basketball game, I think about what it’s going to look like.”

She noted that all of the bidders are confident there will be no issues with getting building materials.

“They feel that we’ll be able to be on time,” she added. “The project timelines that we’ve been given thus far make me feel better because it has a little bit of wiggle room.”

She asked the board to consider reviewing an early retirement package for the 2022-23 school year.

“I think during the springtime we can discuss the type of early retirement package we might want to offer to our staff so that they have time to consider what that may look like and whether that’s something that would be a good fit for them. I want them to have the time to explore that and not have that be something they have to decide in a short timeframe,” Trepa said.

In other business, the board heard a presentation on Activating Community Voices, presented by Ericson Public Library Children’s Librarian Zach Stier. Students from the school district participated in the project. A summit was held last fall wherein students heard from a panel of guest speakers. Equity was an area of focus.

The board will meet again in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the high school library, with the meeting live streamed on the BooneTV page.

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Boone school board talks school calendar, building project updates – Ames Tribune

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