Colo-NESCO school board swears in new member, gives updates on construction projects

Brett Van Waus
Contributing writer

The Colo-NESCO school board meeting Monday began by approving the canvass of votes from the Nov. 2 election. The board and superintendent Marc Snavely thanked outgoing board member Traci Nessa for her eight years of service. Board Secretary Rita Foley then gave the Oath of Office to newly elected members Katy McKinney, John Fuller Jr., and Justin Jedlicka. Joel Niemeyer was re-elected as Board President and Jon Cutler re-elected as Board Vice President. The board decided to continue meeting on the third Monday evening of each month.

Director of Grounds and Maintenance Bill Lytle updated the board on construction projects across the district. In Colo, locker rooms are nearing completion and are now able to be used by students. All footings have been poured at the building’s front entrance, with steel and sidewalk installation scheduled soon. Work on the roof has also begun, with the hope being that a new roof will be in place in six to eight weeks, weather permitting. The board approved a payment of $738,353.95 to Graphite Construction for all completed work.

Work also continues on the new addition in Zearing. Plans are to begin pouring cement in the new parking lot this week as well as cement curbs on the playground. Later, the Board approved a quote to repair the elevator in Zearing. Once the part arrives in two to four weeks, installation of the drive shaft can begin and will then need to be inspected before it can be used again.

The board approved a request from General Business Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Mrs. Sparks for a trip to Fort Worth, Texas. The group of eight to nine students also plans to stop in Oklahoma on the way and plans to rent a 15-passenger van. This trip will be funded by the FFA through donations, as well as fruit and ice cream sales.

The board also voted to join a consortium through Iowa School Finance Information Services (ISFIS) and Wood River Energy. Joining this consortium will allow the district to save money on natural gas between now and June 2022. As a result, the board will pay premiums from its management fund instead of its general fund.

The board approved the purchase of a new scoreboard and shot clock to be installed before the start of the 2022-2023 basketball season. The new scoreboard will be partially funded by a memorial donation from the family of Steve Wildeboer, who died unexpectedly in late September. Wildeboer, a 1966 graduate of NESCO High School, coached his children in basketball and never missed one of their games, his obituary said.

Snavely told the Board that Sherri Ruzek will start as the new School Business Official at Colo-NESCO on July 1. Ruzek is currently the shared SBO at the Shenandoah and South Page school districts. She will begin her role as SBO at Collins-Maxwell on Jan. 3.

The next regular school board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 at the Zearing Elementary Media Center.