Princeton Board of Education has full agenda at latest meeting

The Princeton Board of Education has approved a contract with the firm Ellison and Auxier for architectural and engineering services.

The firm is to receive 6% of the project cost, however, the Princeton district is not subject to any charges if no project takes place. Princeton Superintendent Jerry Girdner described the 6% as common. The board has been working with Ellison and Auxier for possible campus improvements and building additions.

The board is to continue to work during the next few weeks to finalize a proposal to be presented to voters for what’s called a no tax increase bond issue in April.

Another work session for facility planning is Monday evening, December 19 at 5:30 in the high school library.

The board has extended Superintendent Jerry Girdner’s contract through June 30th of 2020 with his salary is to be determined in the Spring as part of the budget making process.

The board has decided to not fill an elementary paraprofessional position recently vacated.

An audit of last school year performed by Conrad and Higgins LLC was approved with no concerns expressed.

The board will be accepting proposals for a three-year contract for transportation services and will review information and cost estimates for the district to purchase buses and manage the transportation department. It’s estimated a decision will be made regarding transportation services no later than its regularly scheduled march meeting.

The district increased its annual performance report score to 87.1 percent compared to 85.7% last year. The board requested administrators continue to search for iImprovement opportunities.

Twenty-two students met the requirements for GRC academic all-conference.

Requirements are a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on the 4.0 scale at the end of the previous semester, be a varsity letterman, and have a recommendation from the head coach.

A pre-school Christmas program will be held Thursday, December 15 at 6 o’clock followed by the Kindergarten through sixth grade Christmas program at 7 o’clock in the gymnasium.

A junior high and high school Christmas program is set for Monday, December 19 at 7 o’clock in the gymnasium.

Classes at Princeton will be dismissed December 22 at 12:45 for the Christmas break with classes to resume January 5.

Incumbent Rick Ellsworth was the first person to file for the Princeton Board of Education election in April. There are three board positions to fill with the filing deadline January 17 at the school.