School board approves three contracts

MEEKER | The sound of heavy machinery breaking ground is not too terribly far off for Meeker’s high school and bus garage improvements. “We are off to a screaming start, things are moving quickly,” project manager Saul Abrahams told Meeker’s board of education Tuesday. “Design will go on through the spring and then pricing and then Haselden (Construction) will get rocking and rolling this summer and then it’s ‘gangbusters’ from here on out.”

The board approved three contracts after hearing the preliminary report from Abrahams, including contracts with TreanorHL for architecture, Weecycle for environmental consultations, and Ground Engineering for geotechnical work including soil and materials analyzation and testing.

Two contracts, one with Haselden Construction and one with SGM, an engineering firm, were tabled as some details are not yet settled. Superintendent Chris Selle set a target date for board approval of those contracts in mid-January.

In other news, the board of education:

Heard from third grade students regarding the district’s new Seven Mindsets curriculum. According to the curriculum’s website, Seven Mindsets, “distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms.” The program is being implemented at all grade levels.

Celebrated the accomplishments of Ainsley Selle and Ruby Holliday; both girls will join the all state middle school choir this March out of a pool of more than 2,000 applicants.

Learned Meeker Elementary School has received the governor’s distinguished improvement award.

Approved a 2018 financial audit, 2019 mill levy certification, 2019 meeting schedule, staff bonuses from a CEBT insurance dividend check and up to $100,000 from the general fund for interactive monitors.

Design Advisory Group meetings are scheduled for Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Meeker High School.

By CAITLIN WALKER | caitlin@ht1885.com