The Sedalia 200 School Board met Monday evening at Smith-Cotton High School and approved several bids for repair projects around the district.

The Board approved the bid from Higgins Asphalt Paving Company, in Tipton, to repair the playground at Heber Hunt Elementary School, for about $85,500.

Another bid from Higgins Asphalt to repair the south parking lot next to the FEMA building at Smith-Cotton Junior High School, was approved for just over $65,000.

Higgins Asphalt Paving Company won a third bid for repair work on the parking lot at Smith-Cotton High School, for just under $38,000.

Preferred Construction in Smithton, won the bid for sidewalk repairs at Heber Hunt Elementary, for about $55,500.

The school board also approved a bid from Watkins Roofing in Columbia, to repair the library section of the roof at the junior high school. The repairs apply to approximately 10,000 square feet of the roof. The bid was approved for $261,000.

The repair projects are slated to start this summer.

In other bids for district supplies, the Sedalia School Board awarded the bid for filters to Midwest Supply of Belton, for nearly $13,000. Crescent Electrical Supply Company in Marshall won the bid for new light bulbs, at just over $6,600. And Premier Paper in Columbia, will provide 3,200 cases of copy paper for $68,800. It was noted that the copy paper bid includes schools in La Monte, Smithton, Otterville, and Stover, to help reduce the cost.

Two bids for food service were rejected by the Board. Those bids were from Opaa!, which has provided food service to the district for nearly five years, and from Southwest Food Service.

The Sedalia 200 District will instead, return to a self-operated food service program. Assistant Superintendent Steve Triplett, said the district wanted to "go back to the personal touch." He commented that, "we (the district) know our kids and we know what they like to eat."

Sedalia 200 Superintendent Brad Pollitt, added that the decision to return to self-operated food service was based on many factors, including finances. According to Pollitt, some of the food waste should be reduced, since the district knows what the students want.

In other Board news, S-C student Alyson Shaw, was the recipient of the Belcher Scholarship. Sedalia 200 Board President, Dr. Jeffrey Sharp, said this is the second year for the Belcher Scholarship. He stated the scholarship award is based on academics, involvement, and an essay.

The Board heard an update about the 'Major Saver' card program from the Sedalia School District Foundation (SSDF). Sales from the cards raised $24,750 this year. It was noted that students at Skyline Elementary sold the most cards, with 802, and the school will receive a check for over $3,000 in August, as part of the incentive.

SSDF also updated the Board on recent scholarships, adding that twenty-two students were awarded scholarships, totaling over $25,700.

Ryan Skaith