KUSD agenda includes cost of middle school

KINGMAN - The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board will decide the cost of the new White Cliffs Middle School and central services Tuesday.

The board will vote to approve the guaranteed maximum price for the two projects at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the KUSD District Office, 3033 MacDonald Ave.

Construction is already underway for the new site of WCMS at the northeast corner at the intersection of Prospector Street and Airway Avenue.

Estimated at approximately $18 million, the board will be able have an exact price for the middle school set to open for students during the spring 2010 semester.

Central services include the expansion of the district office to hold the academic services, maintenance and storage facility for the transportation department, and a central kitchen. The three projects are budgeted to cost approximately $10 million

The board will determine the next bond sale amount to fund the projects.

Funding from the county will be discussed, with the Mohave County Treasurer's Office setting district funds. State funding will also be an issue for the district, with State Treasurer Dean Martin on Jan. 5 calling for lawmakers to authorize short delays in school funding in the face of a projected $1.2 billion shortfall in the state's $9.9 billion budget.

Budget Director Wanda Hubbard will update the board with the November financial report.

Assistant Superintendent Wanda Oden will present her report regarding a four-day school week to the board. Assistant Superintendent Betsy Parker will give an overview of the first Joint Technical Education District meeting.

Superintendent Roger Jacks, along with KUSD Title One and Assessment Director Gretchen Dorner, will present to the board student achievement plans.

The board will also:

• Elect a president and vice president for 2009.

• Approve a memorandum of understanding with the Western Arizona Council of Governments for the Head Start pre-school program for a period of five years.

• Approve new English, language and economics courses at Kingman High.

For more information about the board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the KUSD District Office, call (928) 753-5678.