Bids for the handicapped accessibility project at Faris Field have come in significantly under the projected cost. The Belmond-Klemme school board accepted a bid May 16 for just under $320,000 for the project that was estimated to cost $400,000.
The low bidder was King Construction of Iowa Falls, which completed the handicapped accessibility work at the baseball and softball fields last summer. There were three other bidders: Henkel Construction, $369,500; Jensen Builders, $377,000; and Woodruff Construction, $427,700.
The updates will include concrete for: the handicapped parking along the south fence and around the ticket booth; the front of the portable bleachers; a sidewalk to the visitors bleachers. There will also be handicapped seating on the north end of the permanent bleachers. The work should be completed this summer.
The board also approved student fees for the coming year. The charges will remain the same, although Boardmember Jane Turner asked if students could be admitted to sporting events at no charge.
Currently, it costs $35 for a student activity pass. Turner thinks that allowing students to attend events for free could bring more parents to those events, increasing fees paid by adults as well as concession stand revenue.
Business Manager Theresa Greenfield said the district collected $4,400 in student activity ticket revenue last year. Although that was down from the previous two years ($5,400 in 2017-18 and $5,800 in 2016-17), it is money that would be sorely missed in the activity account.
Superintendent Dan Frazier said the district is always cited for a deficit in the activity account by the auditor. The final audit included this citation: “The district had eight accounts in the Student Activity Fund with combined deficit unassigned balances of $25,448.”
As of April 30, there are deficits in nine accounts: district band, cross country, football, baseball, track, golf, wrestling, softball and cheerleaders.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of teachers and agreed to hire the following teachers: ...read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.