The Unified School District 493 Board of Education heard an offer Monday night from Lorie Johnson to assist in the demolition of the football stadium if that is the direction the board decides to go.

Johnson said B-3 Construction of Scammon would demolish the stadium at cost with donated labor from several B-3 employees.

The stadium was damaged in the May 8 windstorm and the center section underneath the press box has been condemed.

Lorie and Jason Johnson were asked by the board if they would be willing to serve on a community committee to address the situation with the football stadium. The consensus of the board was to publish informational handouts and promote community involvement.

The board also addressed the audience with questions and discussion of how they could best accomodate the concerns of the public on the football stadium issue. Some comments were:

• The need for more public awareness.

• Address the requirements to meet ADA Compliance Codes.

• The cost savings to taxpayers by 34% of the project being paid by the State through a bond issue versus the district taxpayers footing the entire cost.

The board was also updated on the facility projects due to wind storm damages by Superintendant David Carriger. The Central Old Gym floor sustained water damages that will be covered by insurance, but other damage was discovered beneath the flooring with the concrete foundation which could cost approximately $8,000 above insurance remuneration. The bus garage repair is almost completed by Fouts Construction.

Other facility issues include three roofs at Central School needing attention. A chiller at the high school is needing maintenance. Carriger updated the Board on the status of the Highland re-roofing bill with TremCo Incorporated. He indicated since Greenbush, FEMA and our multi-peril insurance carrier has become involved, the cost is being looked into by all involved.

He also reported that a committee looking into optional sites for the Cherokee Village Program has decided to remain at the Pittsburg Middle School for next year if an agreement can be met with the Pittsburg Board.

Carriger also presented the official September 21st enrollment count by schools and grade levels. He reported the district had declined in enrollment 41 students since the 2008-09 school term, with an FTE decline of 37.1 students for state aid calculations. The decline could reduce the district’s funding by approximately $200,000 for next year.