R-2 board accepts certified ballot results, awards bids for summer capital improvement projects

By Roxie Murphy, Staff Writer
Posted 4/19/23

The Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education held its reorganization meeting on Monday prior to the regular meeting.

The meeting began with Secretary Melissa Bauer reading election results.

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R-2 board accepts certified ballot results, awards bids for summer capital improvement projects


The Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education held its reorganization meeting on Monday prior to the regular meeting.

The meeting began with Secretary Melissa Bauer reading election results.

Glenn Ely received 746 votes in Gasconade County, 233 in Franklin, three in Crawford and zero in Osage for a total of 982 votes

Jean Baker received 718 votes in Gasconade County, 230 in Franklin and two in Crawford for a total of 950 votes.

Jason Crowe received 755 in Gasconade County, 240 in Franklin and three in Crawford for a total of 998 votes.

The Gasconade County R-2 Ballot question received 517 votes in Gasconade County to 425 no; 209 yes to 129 no in Franklin County; and one yes, three no in Crawford County for a total of 727 votes. The measured need a four-sevenths or 57 percent yes votes to pass. It received 56.6 percent, failing by .4 percent.

After accepting the certified results, approved the following rolls with 7-0 votes: Glenn Ely as board president: Debbie Landolt as vice president; Melissa Bauer as appointed board secretary; Sarah Connor as board treasurer; Jason Crowe as MSBA Delegate; and Molly Steinbeck as alternate MSBA Delegate.

R-2 directors on April 17 also several maintenance and improvement bids.

The Owensville Elementary School (OES) asphalt project was approved for $48,790 to HotShot Asphalt.

“This keeps us in our maintenance rotation,” Superintendent Dr. Jeri Kay Hardy told board members.

Ely asked Maintenance Director Jason Hinsen to explain the bid process.

“There were three interested in bidding, one submitted by the bid date,” Hinson said. “They have done five other projects for us with no issues.”

Hinson said the company has had at least one employee retire since the last time they completed work for the district, which is the only difference in the company staff from previous projects.

“We are looking at repairing issues in the OES parking lot,” Hinson said. “Some of the parking lot has cracked open and is not repairable.”

The OES asphalt project also includes the bus road, Dutchmen Drive and around the building, fire road and chiller area.

The board approved a bid from HotShot Asphalt not to exceed $48,790 to seal, crack fill and re-stripe the parking lot with a 7-0 vote.

The Owensville High School (OHS) roofing bid was approved for $188,445 to Show-Me Coating.

“There is a product we are trying to use that we haven’t before,” Hinson said. “We get the membrane on the roof cleaned and prepped with a liquid roofing agent. It seals the whole roof into one solid roof, no seams.”

Hinson added that the new product comes with a 20-year warranty instead of 15-year warranty a traditional roof covers.

“The warranty discussion was a minimum 20 years per product,” Hinson said. “They were all walked though the scope of the project, where the boundary lines were.”

Board Vice President Debbie Landolt asked about the OHS roof maintenance schedule, which includes completing the roof in four sections.

“This is a trial run to see if it would work for OHS,” Hinson said. “The entire OHS roof would cost around the $600,000 range and this would be a test to see if it is worth taking to a bigger project.”

Hinson said it gives the district some time to see if they want to try the product on a larger scale. The larger OHS project is about two years away.

The board approved the project with a 7-0 vote.

The district received two tuck pointing bids according to Hinson.

“There were actually three individuals contacted,” he said.

The company that has done the district’s tuck-pointing work in the past didn’t bid due to the district’s timeline. Hinson said the second company has completed four years worth of project work for the district. However, the district backed out of the fifth year, and Hinson said they have doubled up this year to get the back in line. However, the second company still came in $3,000 over the second lowest cost.

“We are recommending MPS,” Hinson said.

Landolt asked if Hinson could see any issues since they are doubling the project.

“MPS is looking at a late start,” Hinson said. “The only difficulty would be the sealing process that releases an alcohol smell into the classrooms.”

Director Jean Baker questioned noise disruption.

“Maybe,” Hinson said. “The bid says early August. “But it sounds like timing is the only question about their bid.”

Hinson added that the only difficulty he sees for the project is that the tuck-pointing and roofing project will overlap.

“There is an area at the high school where the roofing overlaps and it can’t be done at the same time,” Hinson said. “So this section of the project would be put off, but that isn’t to say it couldn’t be done later.”

“We are focusing on timing,” Ely said. “I would recommend we start and open a discussion if we need to move that to support our students in learning. Is there an end to the bid? Like, there is only 12 to 15 months to execute the work?”

Hinson said he would have to bring the contractor in on the discussion to clarify.

“Let’s just get it done and back on the schedule,” Director Russ Farrell said.

Ely said if the company can’t do it faster it creates disruption. They may need to arrange with the company to break up the project.
The board approved the contract for $142,723 to MTS Construction with a 7-0 vote.

The board also discussed purchasing custodial auto scrubbers, water softeners for each building’s kitchen, two OHS kitchen rooftop AC replacements, concrete projects, flooring replacement at the OHS cafeteria and OES vestibules and offices, dust collector, and OES and OHS gym floor re-coat.

“The Steamer table is to keep food hot, and we need to get that one done because it is not working,” Hinson said. “It is in Lori Angell’s budget but exceeds my purchase price without need to be approved.”

The board approved the OMS steamer replacement, not to exceed $14,088.64 with a 7-0 vote.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on May 15 at Gerald Elementary School.