The Sedalia 200 School Board met in regular session Monday evening at Whittier School to approve bids from area contractors, regarding a remodel of the Smith-Cotton Junior High School cafeteria.

There are four components to the remodeling project. The first part includes doors and windows on the south side of the cafeteria. The low bid came from Mark's Mobile Glass in the amount $13,950.

The second part of the remodel includes a bid from Roto-Rooter to work on the plumbing system. The bid is in the amount of $69,500.

The third item included new HVAC York heat pumps. The bid for that part of the remodeling project came from Home Heating, in the amount of $139,282, to upgrade the cafeteria's heating and cooling systems.

The fourth part of the remodel includes work on the electrical system in the cafeteria. The bid came from Embree Electric in the amount of $41,635. It includes three new electric panels to run power.

All the bids were approved by the Sedalia 200 School Board.

Dr. Joanna Anderson, President of State Fair Community College, also gave a presentation on the initiative, 'Building Stronger Futures.' Included in that initiative is the construction of a new technical education facility at the SFCC campus. Dr. Anderson discussed the $28-million general obligation bond that will appear on the April 4th ballot. The bond would be used to pay for construction costs of the proposed facility.

Dr. Anderson explained that the bond will add 25 cents to the current 40 cent levy, if approved by voters. She added that the cost to the average homeowner, in the area, would be about $48.00 a year.

According to Anderson, the facility could help attract new jobs and residents to the area, by providing more career opportunities for students and expanded workforce training. She estimated that SFCC could see additional enrollment of 250-280 students, as part of the expanded technical programs the new facility could provide. Anderson stated that Smith-Cotton is the college's largest feeder school, and that students enrolled in technical courses at SFCC, would benefit.

Ryan Skaith