Six school employees who are retiring a this year were honored prior to Tuesday night's Mexico Board of Education meeting. "These retirees have more than 100 years combined service to the district and we thank them very much," stated Dr. Peter Perll, school board president. Receiving their golden apples were: Christine Alexander, teacher at Eugene Field Elementary, 16 years; Carol Bedford, teacher at Early Childhood Center, 23 years; Lois Howard, paraprofessional, 10 years; Dave Medley, bus driver, 45 years; Vickie Mika, teacher McMillan Elementary, 21 years; and Iris Shoemaker, music instructor McMillan Elementary, 17 years. Board members voted to add the the newly recommended items to the budget reductions for fiscal year 2018: Reduce home school coordinators by one, expand the remaining position to all three elementary schools; eliminate ACER program; reduce early childhood center secretary to 204 from 260; eliminate iReady Stipend and MS reading position. JE Dunn representatives gave an update on the construction of the Mexico Middle School, McMillan and Eugene Field elementary schools. The board was told by the representative that with the recent rains they are not where they want to be on deadlines, but they will get back on track. Superintendent Kevin Freeman, said the custodian and maintenance staff of the school district have a huge undertaking with moving furniture and clearing out rooms for the construction workers. Also in reference to the bond issue, Freeman asked the board for approval a change of order for an additional $7,657 for Schnieders Construction; and a change of order for asbestos abatement for $24,150 by Prost Construction for Hart Career Center, Hawthorne and McMillan. "We don't have anyone qualified to to it and do not have the time to qualify someone," Freeman stated. Both requests were approved by the board. Summer projects were presented to the board including various parking lot/asphalt projects, expansion of high school nurse’s office; creation or trading spaces of high school special ed with teacher’s workroom; moving of furniture and fixtures for the bond issue; remove glass from current McMillan office and replace with sheeting; replace swings at McMillan and repair/relocate existing playground equipment; chain link fence along the north end of new parking lot of McMillan; and rebuild storage shed at McMillan. If the board wants to put another tax levy for the people to vote on they would have certification for August by the end of this month. A potential November run would require certification by the end of August. Freeman recommended they wait and consider a levy at a later date.