During their regularly scheduled meeting of July 19, the Mason I.S.D. board of trustees both received Piper Perlichek's resignation as director of the daycare, and approved a contract naming her as the new director.
The unusual move was prompted by the hiring of Perlicheck as the new director of Steady Steps at the First United Methodist Church. Working with the officials at the church, the school board decided to allow Perlicheck to resign from her existing contract, and to then sign an agreement with Steady Steps granting them her services as director once more, on a shared basis.
The move allows Steady Steps and the school district to both reduce their total costs for a director, while allowing Perlicheck to serve as director for both facilities. The school will need to hire additional part time help to cover those times when Ms. Perlichek is at Steady Steps; but, Superintendent Pam Kruse told the board their costs will still be lower with this new arrangement.
The trustees also heard from Superintendent Kruse regarding a proposal to cease running bus routes on the county's unpaved roads. Mrs. Kruse explained that she had discussed the matter with Larry Smith who had done a detailed examination of the routes in the county that included dirt roads. They had determined that the wear and tear on the buses was becoming too expensive to maintain. The school district can reimburse parents for bringing their children to designated bus stops far more cheaply, while still providing transportation to and from the school.
The board took no action on the proposal; but, encouraged Mrs. Kruse and Mr. Smith to query parents and to get their input before moving forward.
In other business, the trustees accepted the bid of Community Service & Supply for propane for the 2010-2011 school year. They had submitted a bid that was one cent below that of the current provider, Mason Gas Company.
The next regular meeting of the trustees will be on August 16.