School Board Derek Anderson SkillmanThe Plymouth Schools building project for Lincoln Junior High School is approximately 2-3 weeks behind the original schedule, but still remains on budget. Project manager, Derek Anderson, gave his monthly progress report to the Plymouth School Board on June 4 at their regular meeting. Anderson said weather related days have caused the delays; however, the construction is at a point when the various contractors can work out of the rain when needed.

Anderson said they have poured the gym floor and painting should begin soon, starting with the locker rooms. He said they are scheduled to start roofing on the areas above the choir and band areas and they anticipate roofing over the academic areas by the end of the month.

In other matters, Brook Busse, director of quality programs, told the board that textbook fees for grades 6, 7, and 8 will be lower than the 2018-2019 school year due, in part,  to the textbooks adopted for English/Language Arts from McGraw Hill are less than those from other providers. She also indicted that the change from the use of MacBook to iPads also contribute to the decrease costs. Busse said the curriculum that the Board adopted allows students to access off-line material and would not require an internet connection,

The Board unanimously approved using funds from the Operational Fund to cover negative lunch balance accounts in the amount of $876.93 that they determined to be bad debt. Responding to questioning from the media, it was determined that the schools could take donations from the public specific to paying for school lunches in the future.

Board members voted unanimously to approve an agreement for the corporation’s resource officer as well as an agreement with the Blueberry Festival Committee.

Carol Anders Correspondent