Report from April 16 regular monthly meeting

The Mexico Board of Education held an election of officers at Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting. No new nominations were suggested, so the current officers of the board of directors will remain.
Mexico Board of Education directors are: Dr. Peter Perll, president; Beverly Borgeson, vice president; Beverly MacFarlane, treasurer; Dr. Elwood Rice, director; Robby Miller, Missouri School Board Association delegate; Patrick Maguire, MSBA alternate; and Dustin Pascoe, director. The board voted 7-0 to keep its current officers.
Rice and Miller took their oaths of office, administered by Board Secretary Jennifer Baird. The term of both directors end this month, but no election was required. Both Rice and Miller were unopposed for the April 2 General Municipal Election.
In other board news, construction and building reports were heard and discussed. The district is researching the cost to remodel the pressbox at Hawthorne Heights. The current box has considerable weather damage and is deteriorating. The hope is to demolish the old building and replace it with a modernized two-story addition. The new construction will eliminate safety issues involved with working on the top of the current structure.
District Custodian, Maintenance and Operations Director Mitch Ridgway said the plan is to modify the existing foundation to handle the additional floor. The board approved Ridgway to start the bidding process. The board also approved the $70,000 resurfacing project of the MHS track. Experts from Fisher Track (the existing surface contractor) have been consulted for proper procedures.
Members of the Project Lead the Way contest team demonstrated their first-place entry in the recent SkillsUSA competition held in Linn. Their invention, the Bovine Buster, is designed to alert farmers when their fencing has been broken and their cattle are loose. The team – Alex Shaw, Trenton Johnson and Conner Templeton – will advance to national competition in June.
The board also heard and approved the following unfinished business:
• Winter Athletic Report
• Attendance Report; and the
• 2013-2014 budget
Under new business, the directors approved the district to oversee the management of the Darriel Douglas Scholarship and the Class of 1962 Scholarship.
The regular session adjourned into executive session at 8:27 p.m. to discuss personnel and student discipline.